"Would Have Taken Better Care ..."

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 3 14:09:59 UTC 2014

Best wishes to all for the New Year!

Can anyone provide any pre-1966 usages of the expression "If I'd known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself," or variants thereof?  I asked this query in 2004 and received no antedatings squarely on point, but that was in the pre-Garson, pre-Hugo era.

Fred Shapiro

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

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