No one's seen Ed in the past two weeks. There's a pile of rotting newspapers outside his door, his phone's been disconnected, and his kids are living in an orphanage.
Well, the last time I saw him was about two weeks ago, when I set up his computer and showed him Minesweeper, SimCity, and Everything2.
Oh. Small wonder, then.
"Small wonder" is an English
expression meaning, approximately, "that's expected
." It's mildly ironic
, because the speaker is in fact expressing no wonder
It has fallen out of common use and is mostly seen today in pallid
attempts at humor
when the media
write about something that is interesting and small
(or, in really egregious
cases, about a short celebrity
). Its other major use is in reference to the 1980s sitcom
discussed in this node's other writeups.