The Vine: February 7, 2014
I'm hoping someone out there has heard the expression "Boom Chicago" and can verify that a) I didn't dream it and b) it means what I think it means.?
I'm pretty sure the father of a high-school friend used to say this, the meaning being "suddenly" — as in "The contractor is so fast — I had barely mentioned wanting a new deck, and Boom Chicago, he had it complete!" (Except not — because contractor/deck/fast — unlikely.) I also use it sometimes to mean "that's done" or "all finished."
??The problem is my friend has no recollection of her dad saying anything of the kind, and no one I've asked has ever heard the expression. All Google yields is a frustratingly tantalizing improv group based in Amsterdam called Boom Chicago — evidence that the comedians in it (and they have some very notable alumni), at least, must know this phrase…but its popularity is skewing my Google-fu, and nothing else appears to come up.
So, anyone out there using this phrase when they drop the left and right bower together in a euchre game? Or crowing about getting the dishes done right quick? ??
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