"Well, here we are again!"

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Well, here we are again!": A nineteenth-century expression that came to be humorously, meaning "seems like I've been here or done this before". A POW transferred to another prison camp would stop just inside the prison gate, look around curiously at the overcrowded conditions, the ragged occupants, and the filth and use this expression, to the delight and laughter of all those around him. The expression originated with the very popular nineteenth-century circus ringmaster and political humorist Dan Rice, who opened every show with those words as he traveled from one small town to another all across the country, both north and south, before the war.

From: "Portals To Hell" by Lonnie Speer, "The Language of the Prison Camps", page 319.
 
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