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Man alive!

Norm MacDonald1 was known for many things, including using old‐timey references we all had to look up on the internet to figure out. This includes Man alive2,” which I heard him say on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Apparently, it means:

An expression of surprise, shock, or astonishment.

  • Man alive, the bill for that dinner was nearly $200!
  • Are you all right? Man alive, it’s lucky we weren’t killed in that accident!

  1. Norm Macdonald.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 22 Sept. 2022, en​.wikipedia​.org/​w​i​k​i​/​N​o​r​m​_​M​a​c​d​o​n​ald. Accessed 27 Sept. 2022. 

  2. man alive.” Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. 2015. Farlex, Inc 27 Sep. 2022 https://​idioms​.thefreedictionary​.com/​m​a​n​+​a​l​ive 


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