Origin of cliche

Steve Bolhafner SBolhafner at POST-DISPATCH.COM
Wed Jul 19 16:43:24 UTC 2006

I'm trying to find the origin of the phrase "Hot enough for you?"
Through the help of a fellow newspaper librarian I've gotten back to F.
Scott Fitzgerald's use of it in "The Great Gatsby," but he seems clearly
to be quoting what is already a cliche. Does anyone know the origin of
this trite weather comment?

J. Stephen Bolhafner
News Researcher
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
900 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101
sbolhafner at post-dispatch.com

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