Words, words, words.

March 28, 2008 at 8:26 am | Posted in words | 2 Comments

I love finding origins of idioms!

From http://www.word-detective.com/032404.html

In the case of “from the get-go,” … … the phrase first appeared in the mid-1960s in
African-American slang, and “get-go” is simply a transformation of the verbal phrase “get going”
into a noun form meaning “the starting point, the beginning.” Subsequent mutations include “from
the git-go” and “from the get (or git).”
… …
The phrase “from the word go,” meaning exactly the same thing, is an American invention dating
safely back to 1834, and its first use in print is attributed to none other than Davy Crockett (“I
was … well pleased with her from the word go.”).

Curious. 🙂

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  1. I love this topic too. I’ve just book-marked the sight you mentioned. Thanks!

    Then I tested it with my favorite word origins mystery: The whole nine yards.

    They got it correct!

    SPOILER:
    STop if you don’t want to know
    !
    !
    !
    !
    The correct answer is that no one knows for sure, but most of the commonly held origins are almost certainly wrong.
    Here’s the article:
    http://www.word-detective.com/072999.html, towards the bottom, under the heading: “It’s simple. There are exactly nine yards in a “gry.”

  2. I’ll have to check that out. Thanks!


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