"New York Rangers" naming mystery (1926)

Wed Dec 1 23:22:24 UTC 2004

        That seems kind of late.  The Wall Street Journal began an article on 2/21/1986 with "Munching popcorn and drinking beer on a recent return flight from China, Vice President George Bush muses on the changes in the People's Republic since he was envoy there in the 1970s. If a Chinese official back then had shown Americans the friendly familiarity displayed on this trip, he says, "he would have been in deep doo-doo." "   That article may have been the original use.

John Baker

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Subject: Re: "New York Rangers" naming mystery (1926)

Flattery! I don't require that kind of overt manipulation to help out.

The first cite is the same one as in HDAS:

1989 CBS This Morning CBS-TV (Jan. 17): Real Texans do not describe
trouble as “deep doodoo.”

If you can find the transcript of the speech where Bush said it, you
can beat that citation by at least a day.


On Dec 1, 2004, at 17:35, Fred Shapiro wrote:

> Can someone on this list, or Grant Barrett himself, please tell me
> what is
> the earliest citation in his excellent book, Hatchet jobs and hardball
> :
> the Oxford dictionary of American political slang, for the term "deep
> doo
> doo" as used by George H. W. Bush?  I own the ODAPS, but am at home now
> while my copy is in my office.

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