Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! (1970)

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Sep 8 18:09:50 UTC 2003

The full form (as I am told by mu wife, Milwaukee, childhood memory
from early 50s) is

Liar, liar, pants on fire
Nose as long as a telephone wire.

Us Louisvillians had no such pome.


>    I found an article about this in VERBATIM and was wondering about a dating.
>    FWIW:  I'm a lawyer, but I've never worn hot pants.
>       Things for Children to See in the City
>               New York Times  (1857-Current file).       New York,
>N.Y.: Apr 8, 1970.                   p. 69 (1 page):
>       Plays
>LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE! at 2 P.M. Saturday at Public School 87,
>West 78th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.

Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic,
      Asian & African Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
e-mail: preston at
phone: (517) 432-3099

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