go = say, date?

jester at PANIX.COM jester at PANIX.COM
Thu Aug 31 15:52:44 UTC 2000

> Does anyone have a date for 'go' in the sense of 'say' prior to the early
> 1930's?

It depends on how you define "say". There are pre-1930s examples
of _go_ in reference to animal noises, sound effects, or
inarticulate human utterances, but I'm not aware of any pre-1930s
(or even pre-1940s) example where it is used meaning strictly
'to say' in reference to actual speech.

Jesse Sheidlower

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