"in the day"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 27 14:05:17 UTC 2010

By strange coincidence (and I'm not kidding) a friend of mine used the
expression this morning.  I was so surprised that I didn't whip out my
notebook and interrogate, but I doubt that he got it from Dr. Zorba:

"They were really havin' a high old time in the day!"


On Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 10:22 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 12:01 PM, Jonathan Lighter
> <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Just "in the day."
> FWIW, there was once a mildly - if you weren't a woman, at least -
> anti-woman expression,
> "Way back when mother was girl"
> meaning, like, maybe, a hundred years before the then-present day,
> e.g., ca. 1840. These days, I use only "way back when."
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> -Wilson
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> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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