Gordon Bennett

Who was this Gordon Bennett guy that us Brits refer to in exclamation, and why did we adopt his name in this manner? What did he do to become worthy of the theft of his name for use as a phrase used in exasperation?

From the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett home page:

A little more is available at The Learning Network’s entry for James Gordon Bennett:


He was the Publisher of the New York Herald.

The use as a popular phrase is explained at The Phrase Finder more as one of surprise than exasperation:

The Stade Roland Garros, where the French Open Tennis championship is held ,is located on the Avenue Gordon Bennet in Paris.