Go [name], it's your birthday
edkeer at YAHOO.COM
Wed May 15 19:17:01 UTC 2002
I always thought the phrase was "Go [name], don't hurt
'em", but a quick check on google shows it's "Please
[name], don't hurt 'em" from the MC Hammer CD (back to
the wayback machine) "Please Hammer, don't hurt 'em"
Still, could they be related?
--- Drew Danielson <andrew.danielson at CMU.EDU> wrote:
> Dave Wilton wrote:
> > I'm wondering about a catchphrase that I've seen
> from time to time, in
> > movies and TV and occasionally used by people I
> know. "Go [name], it's your
> > birthday! Go [name], it's your birthday." The
> phrase is delivered in a
> > sing-song patter, often accompanied by rotating
> arm movements. The phrase is
> > not just used to acknowledge a birthday, but
> rather any time there is
> > something to celebrate or the named individual has
> done something worthy or
> > notable.
> > The most famous appearance that I've found is in
> the 1999 movie, _American
> > Pie_: "Go trig-boy, it's your birthday."
> > The furthest back I've been able to trace it is a
> 1994 Usenet post: From:
> > DarkStarr (p00838 at psilink.com), Subject: Re:
> Extremists, Newsgroup:
> > soc.culture.african.american, Date: 1994-03-23
> 18:15:05 PST.
> > I gather its origin is somewhere in
> African-American slang, but does anyone
> > have anything more specific?
> > (Search tip: This one was a bear to search. "It's
> your birthday" pulls up
> > thousands of unrelated hits and you can't search
> on the exact phrase
> > starting with "go" because the medial name changes
> with each use. Finally it
> > hit me that the phrase is usually repeated, and a
> search of the exact phrase
> > "it's your birthday go" pulled up a 100 or so
> precise hits.)
> Yeah this is a hard one to search for. You may want
> to try searching
> for "it's your birthday" "get busy", since the
> second phrase is also
> part of this incantation (often pronounced as 'bIz
> E:' or something like
> "gó Stinký, itsyer birthdaý, gét bizzaý"
Do You Yahoo!?
LAUNCH - Your Yahoo! Music Experience
More information about the Ads-l