Antedating of "Yada Yada"

Brenda Lester alphatwin2002 at YAHOO.COM
Sun May 25 18:28:42 UTC 2008

I found a yada-yada variant in the movie SEVEN YEAR ITCH (1955).
If memory serves me, it was "yadata-yadata" (Tom Ewell).

--- On Fri, 5/23/08, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU> wrote:

From: Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
Subject: Antedating of "Yada Yada"
Date: Friday, May 23, 2008, 4:01 PM

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The OED's first use of "yada yada" and its variants is a1967 from
Lenny Bruce.  The site has earlier evidence, citing "an
August 1948 edition of the Long Beach Independent":

"Yatata ... yatata ... the talk is all about Chatterbox, Knox's own
little Tomboy Cap with the young, young come-on look!"

Presumably the precise citation could be found by searching Newspaperarchive.

Fred Shapiro

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