what do you know, (well)

what do you know, (well)

What a surprise. This expression, which often precedes an ironic announcement of some kind, has been around since the turn of the twentieth century. Robert Benchley used it in his “Watching a Spring Planting” (in Love Conquers All, 1923): “Hey, what do you know? Steve here thinks he’s going to get some corn up in this soil!”
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