[Ads-l] antedating of "Go figure!"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 24 01:09:45 UTC 2022

1960: OED

1953 _I Married Joan_  (Episode "Little Girl," March 18):  "Kids today. Go
figure!" "You can say that again!" "Go figure!"... "Go figure!" "Go figure!"

"Duh!" (i.e., 'er,' 'um') is also heard.

In my limited experience, "Go figure!" didn't become common until the early
'80s. (The second OED ex. is from 1980.)

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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