"I knew that"
Posted by Patty on May 04, 2002
Maybe five or six years ago we started hearing a frequent semi-comic rejoinder (here in America): "I knew that". This was something people were saying whether they had actually known the fact under discussion or not.
I have a feeling it is a phrase that was popularized by some character on a TV sitcom, or a movie of that sort. I also have a feeling there is some sociological comment wrapped up in the apparent humor of it, but I'm not sure what. Any comments?
Thanks. - Patty