[Ads-l] "Do me a solid service" from 1963

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 6 07:31:00 UTC 2015


>From HDAS files:

1964 in D. Wepman, R. B.Newman, & M. Binderman _The Life_ (U. of Pa. Press)
      55: Perhaps I can do some solids for you.

JL

On Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 6:36 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

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> This morning, I used the phrase "do me a solid", which was normal for me on
> the streets of NYC. The person I was speaking to didn't know it, which led
> me to look it up.
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> I quickly saw Arnold Zwicky's blogpost from 2011:
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> http://arnoldzwicky.org/2011/06/19/doing-a-solid/
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> It made sense to me until I came across the phrase "do me a solid service"
> from 1963:
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> The autobiographical ana of Robley Dunglison, M.D.
> Volume 53, Part 8 of Transactions of the American Philosophical Society
> Author Robley Dunglison
> Editor Samuel X. Radbill
> Contributor Samuel X. Radbill
> Publisher American Philosophical Society, 1963
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> Seems to me it deserves a mention, since "solid service" is a much older
> phrase, and "do me a service" even older.
>
> DanG
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