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lo and behold[edit]

Rfv-sense. I thought that this expression meant something more akin to "Well, what do you know?!", a mocking surprise. Certainly not "suddenly". __meco 09:23, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

You are right. lo is an old word meaning look, and this phrase usually indicates that some (bad but predictable) event or behaviour has been witnessed. I am finding it difficult to come up with a suitable definition, though. Chambers has this: "(often facetious) used to signal a startling revelation". Equinox 10:02, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
FWIW: OALD: "(humorous) used for calling attention to a surprising or an annoying thing" --Duncan 11:57, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
Perhaps something alluding to the sense of the German schadenfroh (gleeful in the downfall of others). __meco 10:17, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
Seems the English has absorbed this as schadenfreude. Even gloating would be relevant. __meco 10:23, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
It's not necessarily used gloatingly or with schadenfreude. Example: "He promised me he'd never leave me, and the next day lo and behold he's with another girl!" This speaker could be justifiably upset. Equinox 23:20, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

RFV failed, sense replaced with {{defn|English}}. —RuakhTALK 01:09, 12 May 2009 (UTC)