Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! (1970)
James C. Stalker
stalker at MSU.EDU
Tue Sep 9 01:58:49 UTC 2003
Well, some Louisvillians did have part of the saying. I checked with my wife,
wives being obviously impeccable sources, who had a random childhood growing up in
Louisville and southern Indiana, for the most part. She confirms that "liar, liar,
pants on fire" was a common saying (perhaps more accurately an accusation), but
without the nose and telephone part. I who lived my whole first 18 years in
southern Jefferson County, not technically Louisville, used the term regularly.
Sometimes, a river runs through it.
"Dennis R. Preston" wrote:
> The full form (as I am told by mu wife, Milwaukee, childhood memory
> from early 50s) is
> Liar, liar, pants on fire
> Nose as long as a telephone wire.
> Us Louisvillians had no such pome.
> > I found an article about this in VERBATIM and was wondering about a dating.
> > FWIW: I'm a lawyer, but I've never worn hot pants.
> >(PROQUEST HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS)
> > Things for Children to See in the City
> > New York Times (1857-Current file). New York,
> >N.Y.: Apr 8, 1970. p. 69 (1 page):
> > Plays
> >LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE! at 2 P.M. Saturday at Public School 87,
> >West 78th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.
> Dennis R. Preston
> University Distinguished Professor
> Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic,
> Asian & African Languages
> Michigan State University
> East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
> e-mail: preston at msu.edu
> phone: (517) 432-3099
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