Too soon oldt und too late schmardt (1952)
Arnold M. Zwicky
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Tue Jan 18 05:43:46 UTC 2005
On Jan 17, 2005, at 8:09 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> At 4:21 AM -0500 1/17/05, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
>> TOO SOON OLD, TOO LATE SMART
> We had this as a legend on a pitcher in our house when I was growing
> up, almost certainly pre-dating '52, in the form (more or less) "We
> get too soon oldt und too late schmardt". I'd be surprised if it
> couldn't be pushed back into the 40's or earlier.
when i was a child, back in the 40's and 50's in pennsylvania dutch
country, this slogan was offered in various ways -- burned into pieces
of wood, mostly -- in gifte shoppes in my native land. along with
"throw momma from the train a kiss" and similar crap.
it did not occur to me at the time that i should actually *buy* some of
this stuff so that fifty years later i could prove that people were
saying that sort of thing (however grossly inaccurately) back then. oh
lord. had i but known.
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