mi·ra·bi·le dic·tu(mĭ-rä′bĭ-lē dĭk′to͞o)
Related phrase: mirabile visu--"wonderful to see"
In the first place, mirabile dictu, there were one or two even greater duffers than I on the Abbey cricket-field.
And, mirabile dictu, not costing the government a dime.
Not only did FDR overlook the external evidence; FDR ignored the counsel of key experts at the State Department, which, at the time, was home, mirabile dictu, to an educated and experienced cadre of anti-Communists, or, better, Communist realists--yesteryear's "Islamophobes" --who would be neutralized and dispersed, purged, in two waves.
Yet he had to say, yes, of course, grab his cane, and swerve out into the parlor where mirabile dictu, no one was eating
An answer to a clue suggests itself to my subconscious, and I write it in (in light pencil)--and mirabile dictu it turns out to be right.