[Ads-l] Early Evidence for "Nobody Here But Us Chickens"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Jan 18 20:41:34 EST 2017

In the Yale Book of Quotations I included the saying "There's nobody here but us chickens," with a citation from 1937.  Subsequently I have found a 1912 occurrence of "There ain't nobody here but us chickens" in the New Orleans Times-Democrat.  Still earlier, Wikiquote cites a racially charged version, "dey ain't nobody hyah 'ceptin' us chickens," from Everybody's Magazine, July 1908.

I would welcome information about any variants of this before July 1908.

Fred Shapiro

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

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