I received a message today:


Not going to hit you with a whole pitch trying obfuscate the fact i'm a recruiter trying to persuade a developer to work in a professional environment where there meetings are held in a ball pit and the CEO enters down a slide........ queue the hypocrisy am I right :D


The expression in bold confused me. I tried googling it and got exactly 5 results which did not clarify the meaning much. I searched in a few online dictionaries (Cambridge, Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com, TheFreeDictionary.com), but none of them contains this expression.

So what does "queue the hypocrisy" mean? And what does it have to do with queues?

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    "Cue" is a stage direction. "Queue" is either an accidental misspelling or an intentional "goof", for humorous effect.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Mar 22, 2018 at 19:00
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    @HotLicks beat me to it as I was copying a def: cue 1 a : a signal (as a word, phrase, or bit of stage business) to a performer to begin a specific speech or action. Most likely this was a hypercorrection by your mesage sender.
    – Jim
    Commented Mar 22, 2018 at 19:03
  • I see, this explains why there were so few search results. Commented Mar 22, 2018 at 19:08
  • @HotLicks could you post your explanation as an answer so that I can accept it? Commented Mar 22, 2018 at 19:17
  • maybe 'Tu quoque'?
    – lbf
    Commented Mar 22, 2018 at 19:49

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Assuming 'queue' was in error:

cue the hypocrisy

cue free dict

To give a cue to; signal or prompt

As in:

Cue the hypocrisy chorus here; the entire event was protected by armed guards with assault rifles.

The Debate over Supreme Court Nominee Begins — Cue the Hypocrisy article

In my research i did find that some (Americans especially) frequently 'try' to use cue and queue interchangeably. One could argue (not me) that it would be reasonable to arrange or organize a procession of hypocrites into a queue, but one could not queue up a chorus.

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