[Ads-l] Long Time No See

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Tue Nov 6 15:01:47 EST 2018


Fwiw, I thought this came from Chinese, where the expression is
Haojiu bujian  (I omit the intonations here).

Gerald Cohen

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Until today, I had no idea that the subject phrase was microagressive.

http://reason.com/blog/2018/11/06/long-time-no-see-is-considered-offensive

OED has 1894.

Carson City NV _Carson Daily Appeal_ 16 Aug 1878 p 4 col 2
" "Long time no see him," says the noble red man."

Cleveland OH _Plain Dealer_ 26 Jan 1892 p 14 col 5
""I think I go see my mamma today.  Long time no see,"answered Mamie, who from constant association had, like the other girls of the neighborhood, fallen into the habit of talking pigeon English to the Chinamen."

_San Francisco Chronicle_ 11 Jun 1892 p 8 col 4 [classified ad]
"MAJOR -- WHERE DO YOU KEEP YOUR-
self?  Long time no see you. HONG KONG."

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