Queen Anne is dead

Queen Anne is dead

A sarcastic phrase said in response to outdated news. A: "Did you know that Kelly is getting a divorce?" B: "Oh please, that happened months ago. Did you know that Queen Anne is dead?"
See also: Anne, dead, queen
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Queen Anne's dead

used humorously or ironically to suggest that a piece of supposed ‘news’ is in fact stale, or more broadly that a person who says something is simply stating the obvious or restating a well-worn or accepted truth. informal
The expression is first recorded in 1798 , by which time Queen Anne had indeed been dead for 84 years; but there is evidence of an earlier version, ‘Queen Elizabeth is dead’, from the 1730s.
2005 Liverpool Daily Echo ‘McFadden's gone past the three French players there’, said Lawrenson , who can also tell us that Queen Anne is dead, night follows day and bears defecate in the woods.
See also: dead, queen
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Although this may seem to have been very old news indeed - "Queen Anne is dead" with a vengeance - there were various reasons why the career of Anne Boleyn should have been in Ford's mind.
for their own Interest and Advantage." In 1711 "Queen Anne is dead" was no cliche but a rumor spread to cause panic--and a profitable bear market--on the Exchange.