"Shit or Get Off the Pot"

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Sun Sep 28 01:46:46 UTC 2003

On Sat, Sep 27, 2003 at 05:59:17PM -0400, Fred Shapiro wrote:
> 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?

Jeez, tons, going back at least to 1934 just among the files that I have
available. Pre-1984 cites include such notables as Allen Ginsberg (in
many different sources), Iceberg Slim, John Le Carre, etc.

Jesse Sheidlower

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