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kuen posted:
Is 'go and (verb) often used for expressing surprise or not necessarily?

Hi, Kuen,

You are asking here about "gone and [past participle]," not about "go and [verb]." Your last question, which included about twenty follow-up questions, concerned "go and [verb]," along with "go V-ing," etc.

"Gone and [past participle]" is not used often at all. I would say that, on the rare occasions when it is used (in regional dialects), it is used to convey dismay. Here is what The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has to say about it:

go [definition 32 b]: To do or resort to doing something regarded as improper, bold, foolish, etc., or which otherwise prompts disapproval, annoyance, surprise, or amusement.

Definition 32 b has three subdivisions including its own (b):

go [definition 32 b (b)]: colloq. With and and coordinate verb.

1736   A. Langford Lover his own Rival vii. 31   'Tis well if he don't go and hang himself to be reveng'd of us.
1755   H. Walpole Corr. (ed. 3) III. cclxvii. 105   Don't go and imagine that £1,200,000 was all Sunk in the gulph of Madame Pompadour.
1788   R. Bage James Wallace III. 27   When I expects him here every day..he goes and gets himself shot, like a fool.
1878   Scribner's Monthly 16 87/1   The fool has gone and got married.
1891   Temple Bar Aug. 470   That I should actually have been and gone and told him so!
1952   Pop. Sci. Mar. 197/1   The old one was perfectly good, but no, you had to go and squander hard-earned cash on a new one.
1966   J. J. Phillips Mojo Hand 153   Lawdamercy! Mr. Talbert, what you want to go and do that for?
2011   Sun (Nexis) 20 May 92   The man is nearly 35, yet he's only gone and got a spray tan!
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