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

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Thu Sep 27 15:49:13 UTC 2018

> On Sep 27, 2018, at 7:30 AM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 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."
> https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/18/kavanaugh-what-happens-geogetown-prep-828420
> For the general "snowclone" (phrasal template), see Mark Liberman's 2008
> Language Log post:
> http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=227
> The Vegas version dates to 2003, but there are earlier variants along the
> lines of "What goes on tour, stays on tour."

further discussion on my blog:

6/3/18 What happened in vagueness?
section on the Happens In, Stays In snowclone

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