"in the day"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Sep 27 14:26:13 UTC 2010

On Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 10:05 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> 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!"

Hard to search for this pattern, but these exx seem to fit:

I remember her 'in the day' when she was the darling of the local
country club Republicans.
How many of you remember checking out filmstrips "in the day" and not
being able to find the "blackline masters?"
There was a time not so long ago when Interop was all about
networking, with entire tracks on one networking technology. I can
remember ATM, in the day, and 5-6 sessions just on ATM.


Ben Zimmer

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