“Hip-hop's involvement in politics isn't a new thing,” the inimitable Snoop Dogg, now known as Snoop Lion, told Daily Beast.
In fairness to Florida, it's not as if this—white fear as an adjudicating factor for black life—is a new thing.
The new, new thing mentality is old now, and somewhere a newer new thing is on its way.
In Colorado, Gardner too comes across as likeable, apparently a new thing for conservatives.
And when it comes to the super PACs—the new, new thing in campaign finance—Democrats are being left in the dust.
It was a new thing for him to owe money which he could not repay.
It was a new thing for him to be the custodian of so much treasure.
It was a new thing that a yacht of such size should come to anchor off the Island.
In this place I witnessed a new thing and had a strange experience.
Aunt Prudence must not know of this great, new thing that had come into Bettys life.
Old English þing "meeting, assembly," later "entity, being, matter" (subject of deliberation in an assembly), also "act, deed, event, material object, body, being," from Proto-Germanic *thengan "appointed time" (cf. Old Frisian thing "assembly, council, suit, matter, thing," Middle Dutch dinc "court-day, suit, plea, concern, affair, thing," Dutch ding "thing," Old High German ding "public assembly for judgment and business, lawsuit," German ding "affair, matter, thing," Old Norse þing "public assembly"). Some suggest an ultimate connection to PIE root *ten- "stretch," perhaps on notion of "stretch of time for a meeting or assembly."
For sense evolution, cf. French chose, Spanish cosa "thing," from Latin causa "judicial process, lawsuit, case;" Latin res "affair, thing," also "case at law, cause." Old sense is preserved in second element of hustings and in Icelandic Althing, the nation's general assembly.
Used colloquially since c.1600 to indicate things the speaker can't name at the moment, often with various meaningless suffixes, e.g. thingumbob (1751), thingamajig (1824). Southern U.S. pronunciation thang attested from 1937. The thing "what's stylish or fashionable" is recorded from 1762. Phrase do your thing "follow your particular predilection," though associated with hippie-speak of 1960s is attested from 1841.
A track-and-field athlete: Local thinclads prepare for state meet (1940s+)