that means "Congratulations
," or "Wow
--that was lucky!," mainly remembered in the public mind as one of Teddy Roosevelt
's characteristic expressions. Since the turn of the 20th century, however, the term has fallen into general disuse.
When heard today, it often carries sarcastic overtones, much like saying "Gosh! I didn't expect you could do it!"
As an example:
ALICE: I sure couldn't figure out how to do that last homework problem.
BOB: Really. I didn't have a hard time with it. I just remembered the formula that Mr. Poo gave us in class.
ALICE: Well, bully for you!