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Last seen on: LA Times Crossword 29 May 2018, Tuesday

Random information on the term “NOT”:

… Not! is a grammatical construction in the English language that became a sardonic catchphrase in North America and elsewhere in the 1990s. A declarative statement is made, followed by a pause, and then an emphatic “not!” adverb is postfixed. The result is a negation of the original declarative statement.


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According to the above, the phrase, “He is a nice guy… not!” is synonymous to “He is not a nice guy”. Whereas the latter structure is a neutral observation, the former expresses rather an annoyance, and is most often used jocularly.

Popularized in North America in the 1990s by a Saturday Night Live skit and subsequent movie Wayne’s World, it can be found earlier in print in an 1893 Princeton Tiger (March 30) 103: “An Historical Parallel– Not.” A 1905 usage is in Dream of the Rarebit Fiend by Winsor McCay. It was selected as the 1992 Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society.

The “Not!” catchphrase was the basis of a scene in the 2006 movie Borat where a lecturer in humour attempted to explain the grammatical construction to Borat with limited success.

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