"See You Later" (1869, 1875); C U L8er (1990)

Patti J. Kurtz kurtpatt4 at NETSCAPE.NET
Fri Jan 28 03:15:14 UTC 2005

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>Ben Zimmer writes:
>Here are a few more early cites, suggesting that "see you later" came  to
>be recognized as an idiomatic American sendoff in the  1880s:
>1881 _Bucks Co. Gazette_ (Pa.) 10 Feb. 1/3 "Tain't  six -- that's a fact,"
>said one of the young fellows. "Come along,  boys; Miss Dustin's right. See
>you later." With this and a laugh they  walked away.
>Wright American Fiction has one cite from 1869 and several from 1875.  I=20
>wouldn't date "see you later" later than 1875.
Just wanted to thank everyone for the help on this one.  My novel's set
in 1889, so it looks like I'm okay using this phrase.  You've all been a
great help!

Patti Kurtz
Minot State University

Freeman - And what drives you on, fighting the monster?

Straker - I don't know, something inside me I guess.

Freeman - It's called dedication.

Straker - Pig-headedness would be nearer.

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