honest to blog

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Jan 24 14:10:43 UTC 2008

Now that the movie "Juno" has so much Oscar buzz (and attendant
backlash), we might see a rise in usage of some quirky expressions
from Diablo Cody's screenplay, such as "honest to blog":

Leah: Yo Yo Yiggady Yo.
Juno MacGuff: I'm pregnant.
Leah: What? Honest to blog? Are you sure it's not a food baby? Did you
eat a big lunch?

Gregory Baus started up a blog called "Honest to Blog" in July 2003,
but it was already in use as a jocular blogospheric expression before

Nichole's Auxiliary Storage, June 25, 2003
I committed a blog-pas and backdated the notes, but honest to blog, I
took the notes in real time.

And someone used it way back in 2001 on Usenet:

alt.fan.cecil-adams, Oct. 24, 2001
They used to air honest-to-blog EDUCATIONAL programs (you know, the
classroom type of show, for credits, not nature or biography
productions) for people to tape and view later.

--Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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