"Honest to God and hope to die"

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Thu Oct 10 13:17:06 UTC 2002

My experience growing up in Utah in the 50's and 60's
was similar.  I don't recall ever hearing "Honest to
God" joined with "Hope to die" into one phrase, but I
hear either phrase individualy all the time.
--- sagehen <sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM> wrote:
>   "honest to God and hope to die."
>   "cross my heart and hope to die"
> While "cross my heart and hope to die" was certainly
> in current usage among
> the kids I grew up with in Lincoln NE in the 30s,
> my impression is that
> "honest to God" was more likely to have been heard
> from adults.  I can't
> remember ever hearing "honest to God"  & "and hope
> to die" together.
> A. Murie

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