Saturday, July 12, 2008

Blog fall down and go boom

Greetings and welcome to my new blog of randomness and musings. Sit down and have a cup of tea, I hope you like it here!
So, first random thought. "Fall down and go boom" is a widely used expression that you're probably familiar with. A quick Google search reveals that everything from Naomi Campbell to the stock market to traffic reports(?!) is falling down and going boom these days.
I presumed that this expression was a product of the internet age and lolcats. But when I searched news archives for boomtasticness, it was in articles from as far back as the 1930s! Does this mean pre-World War II teenagers said things like, "Oh Jean's a really swell girl, but when she does the jitterbug, she fall down and go boom?" Going further back, did the French aristocracy fall down and go boom? Did Hamlet go to sleep, perchance to fall down and go boom? We may never know the answers to these questions, but suddenly the Oopsie Daisy doll from my childhood looks like a serious historical artifact.

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