"Have XXX Will Travel"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Feb 3 16:37:58 UTC 2005

Admittedly I  heard this long after 1954, and long after Paladin, but the "vaudeville" version I'm familiar with from the 1970s is "Have Trunk, Will Travel."  Worth checking.


"Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU> wrote:
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On Feb 3, 2005, at 6:38 AM, Larry Horn wrote:

> I can confirm that for many of those in the relevant generation, it
> was indeed Bob Hope's book title in the mid-1950s that introduced us
> to the "Have Tux, Will Travel" formula...

on Language Log on 4/25/04, Mark Liberman noted huge numbers of
versions of this snowclone, but took it back only to tv's Paladin and
not earlier than that to Bob Hope:


> with precisely the meaning
> indicated, and that "Have Gun Will Travel" (still remember "Paladin"
> and that chess-knight logo) was recognized as a variation on that
> theme. Only a few years elapsed between the appearance of the Hope
> book and the TV show. How long the expression was in circulation in
> the vaudeville (or, more generally, show biz) world before Hope used
> it for his autobiography I have no idea.


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