[Ads-l] Facebookery: _do the thang_ "get married"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 29 18:07:12 EDT 2016

"Our friends Jaz and Zack _did the thang_. Beautiful wedding."

"Get married" is the old meaning of this phrase, dating from at least WWII.
There's no example in GBooks earlier than 1981, with a different meaning.
Google has "about 224 results," each with a different meaning. The UD,
which has only _do the th i ng_, not _th a ng_, from '05, also with a
different meaning.

Of course, there's no difference in pronunciation between ing/ink and

- Wilson
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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