"Shit or Get Off the Pot"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Sep 27 21:59:17 UTC 2003

Jesse, Jonathon, Tom, Barry, Joanne, etc.:
The earliest occurrence on Nexis for "shit or get off the pot/off of the
pot" is Newsweek, 16 Apr. 1984 (by Richard Nixon, repeating something he
said he said to Dwight Eisenhower in 1952).  Does anyone have in their
files any earlier citations than 1984?

Fred Shapiro

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