Antedating of "Been There, Done That" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Bill Le May blemay0 at MCHSI.COM
Fri Oct 10 17:29:05 UTC 2008

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> Subject:      Re: Antedating of "Been There, Done That" (UNCLASSIFIED)
> I don't whether this matters to the current thread, but as Fred's cite
> suggests, IME, the bare BTDT is a lot older than the
> BTDT-bought-the-T-shirt version, which has which has always struck me
> as somewhat phoney, since "bought the T-shirt" pretty much restricts
> the saying to rock shows, as opposed to extending it to life in
> general.

When I first heard the phrase, it was more common to obtain t-shirts at
tourist traps than rock shows. As seen on the old shorts that read:
"My parents went to <tourist trap> and all I got was this lousy t-shirt"

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