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"I knew that"

Posted by ESC on May 04, 2002

In Reply to: "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

It sounds like a Pee Wee Herman phrase ("I meant to do that"). But I didn't find it on any of the Pee Wee sound pages -- Hollywood/Bungalow/5153/sounds.html ~Pweee/Sounds.html

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