ENGLISH EXPRESSIONS

 

Read 'em 'n Weep

Definition:

"Read 'em 'n weep!"

=

"Look! I won and you lost!"

Application:

People usually use this expression to gloat over winning.

As such, this expression is commonly used at the end of 

competitive games, especially card games.

Example:

Johnny:     "O.K. I'm all in.”

Bradley:    "Let's see what you got."

Johnny:     "Read 'em 'n weep! Royal flush!”

Bradley:    "Again? You are one luck bastard!"

Notes:

1. The "'em" in this expression is a reduced form of "them," which originally referred to playing cards. The "'n" is a reduced form of "and." 

 

2. The singular object "it" is sometimes used instead of "them." ("Read it and weep.") 

3. Literature Reference: Author George Saunders uses this idiom in a 2010 short story for The New Yorker ("Escape from Spiderhead") to have the antagonist prove to the protagonist that another character is deserving of her suffering:

“'Maybe show him the file,' Verlaine said.

Abnesti handed me Rachel’s file.

Verlaine came back in.

'Read it and weep,' he said."

(https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/12/20/escape-from-spiderhead)

4. Media Reference #1: Journalist Peg Tyre uses this expression in a February 19th, 2020 article for The New York Times ("Napping Away Winter in Montreal’s Nordic Spas") to describe a benefit which Canadians have over Americans: "All of the spas offer a variety of massages (which, read it and weep, many Canadians get reimbursed for as part of their employment benefits) and some body treatments like exfoliation, fat melting wraps and facials, which need to be booked in advance (an appointment can guarantee you access without waiting in line on a busy day)." (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/travel/montreal-nordic-spas.html)                    

5. Media Reference #2: Journalist Drew Curtis uses this expression to quote a colleague in a May 7th, 2007 NPR interview ("Fark.com: Making Money Off of Goofy News") "Now, here's the one I started early that I thought it was, kind of funny: 'The harsh glare of flashbulbs can bring a lot of things into focus, especially nipples

-gallery of 97 transparent celebrities. Read'em and weep." (https://www.npr.org/transcripts/10009173) (At 1 minutes and 59 seconds into the broadcast.)  

6. Media Reference #3: Steve Carell's character of "Michael Scott" uses this expression in season 2, episode 14 of the television series The Office ("The Carpet") to gloat over a sale he made: "Yes! Oh, yeah! Read it and weep! Oh! Oh, look at that! Look at me, Phyllis! Oh, what is that? That's my sale!" (At 12 minutes and 31 seconds into the episode. Originally aired January 26th, 2006.)   

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