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    Default ''what me worry?''

    "Today, many U.S. banks for months now have been turning away Main Street small-business and consumer borrowers with adequate collateral and excellent credit ratings. "What me worry?" among bankers has given way to extreme risk-aversion that threatens to exacerbate the problem of anaemic job creation and household-income growth, and that feeds back as lower stimulus to the economy."

    hi,
    this is a literal excerpt from a today's newspaper. I wonder if the bold text is correct, please. does it mean "what am I worried about?"? it doesn't seem to be grammatically correct and I wonder if it's a popular expression.
    thanks.

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    Default Re: ''what me worry?''

    Here'what me worry'means Iam not worried

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    Default Re: ''what me worry?''

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "What me worry?"
    it probably alludes to Neuman's now-familiar signature phrase used in the first magazine version of Mad in July, 1955.
    The fictional Alfred E. Neuman was the foolish-looking gap-toothed cover boy of the magazine.

    Neuman's famous catch phrase is the intellectually uncurious "What, me worry?" , which makes the statement you quoted above all the more provocative.
    hope this helps.
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    Default Re: ''what me worry?''

    I'm not sure to understanding "What, me worry?"

    Please explain exactly what it means.

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    Default Re: ''what me worry?''

    "What, me worry?" is the signature phrase of Alfred E. Neuman, the mascot of MAD Magazine. The phrase itself is meant to invoke an attitude of "Why should I worry? Nothing can hurt me!"

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    Default Re: ''what me worry?''

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    "What, me worry?" is the signature phrase of Alfred E. Neuman, the mascot of MAD Magazine. The phrase itself is meant to invoke an attitude of "Why should I worry? Nothing can hurt me!"
    I'd understood, but now I'm sure! Thank you.

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    Default Re: ''what me worry?''

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    I thought I understood, but now I'm sure! Thank you.

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    Default Re: ''what me worry?''

    Ok... French way of thinking... Thanks

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