"Make like a tree and leave" (1954)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 29 21:17:29 UTC 2004

At 8:47 AM -0500 2/28/04, Mark A. Mandel wrote:
>Barry sez:

actually it's Larry who sez this

>>  "Make like a tree and get outta here."  Reminds me of a moment in
>>  Back to the Future (either I or II), in which a dumb tough guy who
>>  gets everything wrong orders someone (Marty McFly [Michael J. Fox] or
>>  his father, no doubt--this is when Marty is back in 1955) to "Make
>>  like a tree and take off" and is then corrected--"It's 'Make like a
>>  tree and leave', you moron".  Nice to know that it wasn't an
>>  anachronism, given the above date.
>My recollection of the movie has the big, dumb leader of the gang of
>bullies saying it,

Biff, and I think it may have been himself as an old man who
corrected him(self).  That time travel sure is hard on pronouns.


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