I stumbled across this sentence while reading the news:
“news to them until informed recently by an Associated Press reporter.”
As I’ve heard it, “news to them” would be used to denote the moment of learning information, not the time up until that moment.
Is this a common usage of the phrase “news to [someone]”, or is this a mixed metaphor of sorts, in which the writer may have meant “unbeknownst to them”? Is it a new usage?
Has anyone heard/used this construction before?