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Old 03-07-2006, 02:22 PM
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Origin of, "All right, what's all this, then?!"

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Did Monty Python invent this catchphrase? Or was it current in Brit popular culture before MP?
Old 03-07-2006, 02:31 PM
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Current Brit popular culture before, along with the ever-popular " 'ello 'ello 'ello, what's all this, then?"
Old 03-07-2006, 03:14 PM
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It's a staple of British movies, etc., from before Monty Python: a bobby coming onto a scene and going, "What's all this then?"
Old 03-07-2006, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by lissener
a bobby coming onto a scene
And a "bobby" is an old-fashioned word for policeman, or copper, coming from Sir Robert Peel, who was Home Secretary when the British police force was started. (An even older word for British coppers is "peelers" -- but that's no longer currently used by anyone).
Old 03-07-2006, 05:51 PM
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Of course, the ritual response is "It's a fair cop, guv'ner," and it has ever been thus.
Old 03-07-2006, 07:04 PM
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Wasn't the phrase used by one of the bankers on David Tomlinson (as George Banks) when he brought his children to the bank in "Mary Poppins?"
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