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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Origin of deadpan

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; dead + pan1 (in the slang sense “face”)

historical usage of deadpan

Deadpan is an Americanism from the 1920s. Around that time, pan was emerging as a slang term meaning “the face,” probably due to a similarity in shape to a frying pan. When your face is deadpan, it's expressionless, as if you were dead.

OTHER WORDS FROM deadpan

dead panner, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deadpan

deadpan
/ (ˈdɛdˌpæn) /

adjective, adverb

with a deliberately emotionless face or mannerdeadpan humour
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