Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 09:46:49 -0400
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Shocked. SHOCKED!
"I'm shocked--SHOCKED--that there's gambling here."
I'm shocked--SHOCKED--that the New York Times Magazine ran another dull
"On Language" column. Heck, I can write better in my spare time, and without
Guest columnist Jack Rosenthal (Safire is on vacation) states that
CASABLANCA's "shocked-SHOCKED!" cliche dates from the early '90s. As does
Safire, he simply uses Nexis, then puts the column to bed.
Stewart Klein of Channel Five's Ten O'Clock News (now Fox News) reviews
movies for that highly rated program in New York City. In one of his movie
reviews in the 1980s, he used and explained "shocked-SHOCKED!" Anchor John
Roland loved it and repeated Stewie's "shocked-SHOCKED!"
It clearly predates the first Nexis use, but Rosenthal never asked me.
I'm shocked. SHOCKED!