FW: Antedating of "Yada Yada"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 26 19:29:02 UTC 2008

You're not referring to the "Jim Dandy" by Lavern "Little Miss
Sharecropper" Baker, are you? I agree that in Sh-Boom, originally by
The Chords, a black group, ya-da-da, etc., was just noise. I've only
very recently heard "ya-da, ya-da" - within the past year - used in
the wild in the Seinfeldian sense by black speakers and nothing like
it was used in the past.


On Mon, May 26, 2008 at 1:25 PM, Baker, John <JMB at stradley.com> wrote:
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> The difference is that in Sh-Boom these are just nonsense words, while =
> in the Allegro song and Jim Dandy "yatata yatata yatata" has the same =
> meaning as the modern "yada yada."
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> John Baker
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> "Shhh-Boom," a popular Crew Cuts (?) song of the early 1950s, had the =
> lyrics, "yadada yadada yadada yadada boom shi-boom, life could be a =
> dream, sweetheart!" (Who says rap lyrics are a sign that modern youth =
> are brain dead?)
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