"my first rodeo"

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Fri Sep 23 02:49:22 UTC 2011

On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 10:34:53PM -0400, Garson O'Toole wrote:
> Barry Popik has a webpage about the phrase "This ain't my first
> rodeo", and he mentioned it on the AD list in 2006. The earliest cite
> given is the 1990 country song that Jon also mentioned:
> http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/texas/entry/this_aint_my_first_rodeo2/

I know that the OED isn't usually ahead of the game on these types of
phrases, but I do feel like I should mention that a year ago I put the
phrase _not one's first time at the rodeo_ (and variants) into OED,
sense 3.c. The first example I could find was from the film _Mommy
Dearest_, from 1981.

I didn't explicitly list "not one's first rodeo" (i.e. without "time at
the"); I think I'll add this.

Jesse Sheidlower

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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