"youse guys" in the 1890s.

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 27 02:23:51 UTC 2011

On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 8:11 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> It isn't hard to find.

Of course not. Like, as Damon Wayans once noted, "colostomy, if dash
yo' bag." ;-)

> They are simply among the earliest.
> I believe I posted the first one in reply to a suggestion that "youse guys"
> was a Hollywood fantasy.

I think I recall that, but I don't recall that anyone except me and my
memory had definitely connected it with StL before. But, of course,


I "recalled" the above as "Whatcanyoudo?" for dekkids.

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