One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used ironically to express that something is not surprising or upsetting.‘they got drunk—shock horror!’
- ‘Everyone was lovely and I actually had a good time (shock horror).’
- ‘I managed to emerge with jeans that actually, shock horror, fit me and looked quite good.’
- ‘I don't recall one pink bike, but then as most bikes were passed down to the next child or—shock horror—shared, the colour needed to suit either gender.’
- ‘I got to do the last few weeks of Year 6 where, shock horror, I discover that the book we are to read for English is none other than an old classic.’
- ‘The detox queen has revealed that—shock horror—if she has more than a couple of glasses of wine when she gets home at night, she is liable to eat a whole bag of chocolates.’
- ‘I ended up—shock horror—actually liking people from other clubs.’
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