Opposition leader Tony Abbott copped some flak when he referred to a soldier’s death in Afghanistan using a certain well-known philosophical homily: “Shit happens.”
How did this phrase enter the lexicon, and what impact has it had?
It’s all happening with UWA linguist Daniel Midgley on this week’s Talk the Talk.
Listen to this episode
Video of the Abbott Incident, as well as 20 riveting silent seconds.
Use Google Ngram viewer to find the first instance of “shit happens” in print:
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