T.G.I.F... et al.
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?
> --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.
Fred R. Shapiro Coeditor (with Jane Garry)
Associate Librarian for Public Services TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD
and Lecturer in Legal Research ANTHOLOGY OF LEGAL STORIES
Yale Law School Oxford University Press, 1998
e-mail: fred.shapiro at yale.edu ISBN 0-19-509547-2
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