"Who's Your Daddy?"

Imran Ghory imran at BITS.BRIS.AC.UK
Tue Mar 25 15:41:49 UTC 2003

On Tue, 25 Mar 2003 RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
> A colleague writes:
> btw, do you happen to know where i could go about finding the etymology of=20
> "who's your daddy?"=A0 (one of my students swears it originated in a movie 5=
> =20
> years ago, but i'm sure it's been around longer.)

In _Hoosier Folk Legends_ (1982) it mentions a folk-etymology of the term
"Hoosier" saying it comes from the phrase "Who's your daddy", which given
the negative conotations of "hoosier" may indicate that the phrase "who's
your daddy" was used in the modern way at that time.

The oldest strong evidence I can find is from a 1992 usenet post in
which the signature reads "GO BROWNS!!!  WHO'S YOUR DADDY!!!". The phrase
was definitely in popular use by late 95/early 96.

Imran Ghory

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