Captain Obvious

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌkæptɪn ˈɒbviəs/, /-ən -/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌkæptən ˈɑbviəs/


Captain Obvious (plural not attested)

  1. (humorous, usually derogatory, sarcastic, very often preceded with thank you) Someone who makes superfluous or obvious statements.
    • 1994, L. E. Blair, Drummer Girl (Girl Talk series, vol. 12), Golden Books Publishing, →ISBN, page 33,
      "But you're a girl," the guy said in surprise. This guy was getting on my nerves. "You are Captain Obvious, aren't you?" I shot back.
    • 1995, Rob Stokes and the Minds of Quirk, eMarketing, Рипол Классик, →ISBN, page 82:
      Text links, by their very nature, contain text (thank you, Captain Obvious).
    • 1998, David Groth, A+: Core Module Study Guide, Sybex, →ISBN, page 189,
      The larger of the two specifications is known as Wide SCSI-2 because it's wider (Captain Obvious rides again).
    • 2002, Cathryn Michon, The Grrl Genius Guide to Life, HarperCollins, →ISBN, page 145,
      The Qiana-wearing slacker next to me poked me on the shoulder and said, "We totally knew it was you in the bathroom!" Well, thank you, Captain Obvious, I thought.
    • 2002, Tee Morris and Steve Oakley, Premiere 6.5 Power!, Thomson Course Technology, →ISBN, page 240,
      Hold the camera properly. No, I'm not playing Captain Obvious here, but there is a certain way to hold a DV camera to avoid jittery movement.



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