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Re: The phrase, "Wait for it..."

Posted by Bob on April 08, 2003

In Reply to: Re: The phrase, "Wait for it..." posted by Gary on April 08, 2003

: : You know, like a terribly obvious suspense cue...
: : I've heard this phrase for many years, in many movies, tv shows, and even in comedian's stand up acts. Any ideas where this comes from?

: : TIA

: : Mike

: I've nothing to back this up but I believe it originated in the British Army. When private soldiers were about to jump the gun by anticipating the next command the Sergeant Major held then back with 'wait for it' (usually + you 'orrible little oiks). That's how it is in English WWII films anyway.

That's my take on it, too. You don't hear it here on the left side of the pond, but it does seem to appear in every British army film.