"Tell It Like It Is"

Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Sat Feb 16 23:22:08 UTC 2008

Does Howard's use predate Aaron Neville's mid-60's soul hit "Tell it
like it is"?


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>Can anyone illuminate the origins of the phrase "tell it like it
>is"?  Wikipedia says Howard Cosell had a catchphrase, "I'm just
>telling it like it is," but I am not sure how that fits in to the
>history of the expression.
>Fred Shapiro
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Dennis R. Preston
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Department of English
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Michigan State University
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