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

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 28 00:25:18 UTC 2018

It appears he used the clone more than once. A cited speech had "What
happens on the bus stays on the bus".


Kavanaugh also recalled a bus party he’d organized for 30 classmates to go
to a Red Sox game in Boston, followed by a night of Boston bar-hopping,
“only for us to return falling out of the bus onto the steps of Yale Law
School at about 4:45 a.m.” On the bus, he recalled, “people were doing
group chugs” from a keg. “Fortunately for all of us, we had a motto,”
Kavanaugh added: “What happens on the bus stays on the bus.”


On Thu, Sep 27, 2018, 10:30 AM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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."

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