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Saturday, December 31, 2005
A New Year's Fact You May Not Have Known

When people say "HAP ------ py New Year", with that longish drunken pause, they're quoting Showboat. I learned this many years ago from the commentary on the Criterion Collection laser disc of the 1933 version. (That was back when film commentary on your high-quality video medium was something special, not like now when just anyone can have it.) According to the commentator, it rose to the level of "catchphrase". I like learning that random stuff has sources.

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