Jump? How high?; More "Murphy"

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Jun 7 23:28:48 UTC 1999

"Jump" (anybody "bad") "How high?" (the other guy) goes back to the 40's.
Even my old daddy said "Boy, when  I say 'Jump,' you better say 'How high?"
Ain't no need to go the the 60's for this one.

dInIs, who jumped high

>Jump . . . how high? usage in military goes back to at least mid-1960s.
>In summer (June/July) of 1966, a soldier from NY, in training at Fort
>Jackson, SC, discussed the trainees who were in the prior training
>cycle.  They were college-educated, and somewhat respectful (fearful) of
>the DIs.  "When they (the DIs) said 'jump', those guys said 'how high?'"
>George S. Cole   gscole at ark.ship.edu
>Shippensburg University

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston at pilot.msu.edu
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