keep a cow/have a cow
bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Sun Apr 24 16:10:36 UTC 2005
On Sun, 24 Apr 2005 08:47:27 -0700, Jan Kammert <write at SCN.ORG> wrote:
>On Sat, 23 Apr 2005, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
>> My father (b. 1900, Minnesota) said the same thing (chase, that is).
>> heard "keep a cow," but might there be some connection with the Simpsons'
>> "Don't have a cow"? I never watched the show, so I don't really know what
>> the phrase means.
>In the mid-1960s around Chicago, we said have a cow to mean have a fit.
HDAS has a 1966 cite for "have a cow" from the Indiana University Folklore
Archives. And the similar "have kittens" goes all the back to 1900
It's been suggested on alt.usage.english that "have kittens" might have
originated as a mishearing/eggcornification of "have conniptions". Any
evidence for this theory?
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