[Ads-l] if it ain't broke...1962

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 19 13:17:42 EDT 2021


Nice work SG. There was a thread about "If it ain't broke, don't fix
it!" back in 2010, and Charlie posted a 1964 citation. Your September
1962 occurred earlier.

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2010-December/105318.html

The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs has the 1964 citation. It also has a
1960 citation for the closely related expression "If it works don't
fix it".

Garson

On Mon, Jul 19, 2021 at 9:29 AM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:
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> If not an antedating, to fix or not to fix?
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> 1962 Sept. Aerospace Accident and Maintenance Review v. 17 p.8. Reprinted from Combat Crew.
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> https://www.google.com/books/edition/Aerospace_Accident_and_Maintenance_Revie/Hhw8QPtdO1YC?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=broke
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> Aerospace Accident and Maintenance Review<https://www.google.com/books/edition/Aerospace_Accident_and_Maintenance_Revie/Hhw8QPtdO1YC?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=broke>
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