[Ads-l] Or is it just me?

Charles C Rice charles.rice at LOUISIANA.EDU
Thu Jan 13 16:54:41 EST 2022

Interesting phrase, Jonathan. Searching the newspaper databases is tricky because their interfaces still rely on searching content words while this phrase is entirely stop words except for "just." I managed to push it back to 1920 with Google n-gram + books:

Fargo, Ruth. "Topsy-Turvey". American Cookery XXIV: 8. March 1920. 576-81. This is a one-sided epistolary story set between June 1919-April 1920.
"Aunt Marian has been here two months. Every morning I get up wishing she would stay forever -- but by night I 
am glad she is going on the eighteenth. Did you ever feel toward any one like that -- or is it just me; am I so at 
fault, I wonder?"

N-gram viewer insists there are examples in 1822 and 1823 but then doesn't disclose them. 

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'Or am I the only one who feels this way?'  Now common, but absent from OED.

1937 _Columbus [O.] Dispatch_ (Nov. 22) B-3: Hasn't there been a change in attitude these last two years or so concerning Michigan?...Or is it just me? Winning from the Wolverines doesn't seem so important as it once did.

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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