maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Thu Jul 1 19:16:35 UTC 1999
Dennis' version is the one I grew up with in Portland late 50s-60s. By the
early 70s I was hearing "Nice shot, Oswald" when someone did something
clumsy or other wise "messed-up real bad".
maberry at u.washington.edu
On Thu, 1 Jul 1999, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
> Indeed you have the bracketed part wrong for me; it was (among the clever
> teenagers of the Louisville KY area of the early 50's)
> No shit, Sherlock.
> >Barry sez:
> >HE'S NO EINSTEIN
> > Jay Leno uses this a lot. It's rare, but a person's last name alone can
> >be the slang phrase. "Hey, nice going, EINSTEIN!"
> > I've never seen it recorded.
> > The AMERICAN MACHINIST, 3 December 1956, pg. 109, advertisement for
> >Tomkins-Johnson reamers:
> > _Now they call Joe a genius_*
> > *He's no Einstein--but he figured how to cut costs...
> >>From the late fifties and early sixties, I recall these used sarcastically:
> > Great play, Shakespeare!
> > (sports, games?)
> > [Brilliant deduction], Sherlock!
> > (to someone who has just stumbled upon the obvious;
> > but I think I have the bracketed part wrong)
> >-- Mark
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