plausibility check

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Fri Aug 20 18:24:31 UTC 2010

On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 02:19:02PM -0400, victor steinbok wrote:
> I was wondering how plausible is the dating of the two phrases below.
> My initial search is not a full inquiry--it's meant to spur an
> inquiry, if anyone cares.
> "[Fuck/Bleep/To hell with/Same to] you and the horse you rode in on..."
> The earliest GB hits appear to be
> The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1972)
> North Dallas Forty (1973)
> The Decline and Fall of America (1973)
> There are actually a few more hits for 1973-4, but they are obscure
> and some are likely spurious. None have been verified on paper.

The earliest cite given in _The F-Word_ is 1967, from Andre
Dubus' _The Lieutenant_.

Jesse Sheidlower

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