[Ads-l] "You [X] 'em, we [X-rhyme] 'em"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 4 10:46:22 EDT 2017


Here is a match for one of JL's rhymes in 1948.

Date: January 11, 1948
Newspaper: The Indianapolis Star
Newspaper Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Quote Page 21, Column 1
Database: Newspapers.com

[Begin excerpt]
EX-MAYOR GEORGE L. DENNY phoned the home of his son, George H. Denny,
The Star outdoors columnist, the other day and was startled to be
greeted with: "City Morgue—You kill 'em, we chill 'em!" Mr. Denny
almost fell out of his chair. Then he discovered it was his
granddaughter, Linda Denny, 13, answering the phone with one of the
greetings affected by some of today's teen-agers.
[End excerpt]

There is an ambiguous statement in a 1934 comic strip. A criminal
knocks out a lawman by striking him on the head with the butt of a
gun. The criminal plans to kill the lawman. In the final panel the
criminal tells another observer: "IN MY BUSINESS WE CHILL 'EM FIRST
AND THEN....". It is possible that the implied continuation is "WE
KILL 'EM".

The next comic in the series does not show any continuation of the
statement, but the plot development shows the criminal attempting to
kill the lawman.

Newspaper: The Daily Courier
Newspaper Location: Connellsville, Pennsylvania
Date: August 20, 1934
Comic: Bobby Thatcher--Double Trouble!! by George Storm
Quote Page 6
Database: Newspapers.com
[Begin excerpt]
WHAT'RE YOU SQUAWKIN' FOR, BUDDY?...IN MY BUSINESS WE CHILL 'EM FIRST
AND THEN....
[End excerpt]

Garson

On Sun, Jun 4, 2017 at 9:36 AM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at mst.edu> wrote:
> During the Vietnam War, ca. 1967, there was an American field hospital
>
> with the (handwritten?) sign in front: "You find 'em, we bind 'em."
>
>
> G. Cohen
>
> ________________________________
>
> Original message from Jonathan Lighter, June 4, 2017:
> Back around 1980-81, I had a university acquaintance who would frequently
> answer with a selection from among these sayings:
>
> "City Morgue: You kill 'em, we chill 'em!"
>
> "City Morgue: You stab' em, we slab 'em!"
>
> "Abortion Clinic: You rape 'em, we scrape 'em. No fetus can beat us."
>
> Now I read in Hugh Gusterson's informative _Drone_ (Cambridge: MIT Press,
> 2016), p. 9, that,
>
> "'You Track 'Em, We Whack 'Em,' is the informal motto of the team at the
> National Security Agency that collects and analyzes ... cell phone data
> [that may serve to identify the whereabouts of prominent terrorists]."
>
> Googling "You kill 'em, we chill 'em" turns up approx. one zillion
> instances of this pattern.
>
> How far back can this black-humor genre be traced?
>
> JL
>
> --
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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