"Same Old, Same Old"

I’ve been thinking a lot about this phrase lately: Same old, same old. It’s a relatively new saying, isn’t it? I mean, I don’t remember hearing it as a toddler or a Beehive girl. I think we use it to mean routine—even perhaps a boring routine. (Does rut come from the same root word as routine? I didn’t major in English, but all the letters we use for rut are in routine, so doesn’t that make them at least distantly related?) “How’s your class going?” “Oh, same old, same old.” “How’s your marriage?” “Same old, same old.” “How’s life?” “Oh, you know... same old, same old.”

So why has this been on my mind? Am I trapped in "Same old, same old?"—a boring routine? Nah. At least I hope not! To tell you the truth, I can’t remember ever being bored. Maybe it happened, but as I gradually lose brain cells I’m remembering less and less. (I have to add to this that some people, as they get older, say the veil grows thinner. Well, folks, for MEE it’s growing THICKER! Yep.)

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