[Ads-l] what happens in X stays in X

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 27 14:30:07 UTC 2018

On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 5:43 AM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:

> Variants of this have been discussed in various places, of course.
> I seem to have heard versions involving a particular prep school, a
> particular law school, and a bus, lately, from someone.
> (I haven't done serious research, but, apparently, so far, Las Vegas does
> not own [[own up?]] to it.)

I assume you're referring to Brett Kavanaugh's reported statement from
2015, "What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep."


For the general "snowclone" (phrasal template), see Mark Liberman's 2008
Language Log post:


The Vegas version dates to 2003, but there are earlier variants along the
lines of "What goes on tour, stays on tour."


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