Retired English Teacher
PS 'I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition' suggests that the speaker has considered what sort of person might interrupt.
PPS That's a very bad example. Search on YouTube and you'll see why. In the Monty Python sketch, when the character says 'I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition' he means - hyperbolically - I had no reason to foresee such detailed questioning. The joke depends on an over-literal interpretation of 'didn't expect' with the implication 'I was expecting someone to come through the door.'
Last edited by BobK; 28-Mar-2011 at 17:04. Reason: PSs Added