In recent news stories on TV, I have heard a lot of people saying “there’s no there, there.”
How many people know where and how this expression originated? This expression is a quote from Gertrude Stein who wrote this about her home town, Oakland, California.
According to Wikipedia: Over the years, two quotes from Gertrude’s works have become widely known: “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” and “there is no there there”, with the latter often taken to be a reference to her childhood home of Oakland, California.
Around 30 years ago, I quoted Gertrude Stein’s famous line “there’s no there, there” during a conversation with my grandson. He said, “Who’s Gertrude Stein.” Today’s young people don’t know who Gertrude Stein was. IOW, there is no there, there.