Antedating? of "monkey's uncle" 1923
SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Mon Feb 16 02:08:12 UTC 2004
HDAS as 1926. M-W and OED don't list it(unless I missed) I couldn't find it in ADS archives.
The reason I wanted to find an earlier cite is to prove absolutely that the phrase didn't originate during the Scopes Trial(1925).
8 Feb. 1923 _Elyria(OH) Chronicle Telegram Page obscured, col. 3-4. Text under picture of Ms. Cheeseborough:
<<When is a joke not a joke? Two answers are forthcoming. One from coquettish Edith Russell Cheseborough, Boston society girl--"Frame it," she told her Harvard admirer, William L. Lawrence, referring to the marriage license he had obtained. "The nuptial idea is a joke." she told Lawrence. But Lawrence can't see it. "If that's a joke I'm a monkey's uncle.">>
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