Have You Ever? Could You Even?

After a good, strong cup of coffee today, I realised that, while we mock today's young women for saying, "I can't even," the young women of yesterday used to say, "Well, I never."

I presume that this affectation of expression is meant to convey much shock by showing that the cause of their consternation is so great that they're unable to finish their statement of surprise.

They can't even deal with the surprise. They've never been so shocked in their lives. I can't even. Well, I never.

When I realised that "I can't even" is the new "Well, I never," I was so taken aback that I just.

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