possible antedate of indiscriminative "whatever"?

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Sat Jul 22 07:07:43 UTC 2006

On Thu, Jul 20, 2006 at 04:08:25PM -0400, Laurence Horn wrote:
> Consider this dialogue from the last ensemble scene in the fourth of
> the "Thin Man" movies.  Stevens, one of the miscreants, is trying to
> maintain his alibi for the time of the murder, despite his visit to
> the victim's apartment.
> Lt. Abrams:  "In case you want to deny it, I can get the cab driver
> who took you there."
> Stevens:  "Whatever. That was four hours before Rainbow was killed."
> "Shadow of the Thin Man", 1941


> Jesse, what sayest thou?

It looks pretty solid to me. I'm trying to find a reason to
dismiss it, but can't.


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