"fall off a turnip truck"(Phrase Origins)
This is now a very common phrase, as a search of Deja News will show. But Merriam-Webster reports that it has no citations of the whole phrase earlier than 1988, and no citations of "turnip truck" earlier than 1985. R. J. Valentine writes: "This phrase has been used for many years by Johnny Carson, who hosted _The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson_ on NBC from the early 1960s to the early 1990s. He used it in precisely in the context discussed. He may not have originated it, but he certainly popularized it, and began doing so long before 1985." Evan Morris, at http://www.word-detective.com/back-o.html#turnip, says that this phrase "seems to be a good example of an entire class of catch phrases based on urban-rural rivalry. The thrust of such phrases is, of course, that 'I am not a fool or a newcomer,' and, in this case, that 'I am not an ignorant country bumpkin who just arrived in the big city on a truck full of lowly turnips that I was dumb enough, on top of everything else, to fall off of.' This image of a bewildered hayseed ripe for fleecing by urban con artists is a close relative of more general phrases used to assert one's 'insider status' and thus intelligence or savvy. The United States being a nation largely composed of immigrants, it's not surprising that the all-time most commonly heard phrase of this type is 'I didn't just get off the boat.'"
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