T.G.I.F... et al.

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Jun 29 00:06:17 UTC 1999

On Fri, 25 Jun 1999, Larry Horn wrote:

> Speaking of phrase origins, can anyone help track down (for a colleague of
> mine) the first use(s) of the inverted exclamation "Don't I know it", used
> as a marker of corroboration?
> e.g.
>         --Published etymologies are often not to be trusted.
>         --Don't I know it!

This is listed in the OED, s.v. _know_, with a first use dated 1874.

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Associate Librarian for Public Services     TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD
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