"bring it on!" minus the "on"

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 17 03:03:41 UTC 2008

On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 10:36 AM, Neal Whitman <nwhitman at ameritech.net> wrote:
> I've had a question of my own about "bring it on" for a while: When did it
> change to what seems (based on my own subjective, unresearched impression)
> to be the currently preferred version "bring it", and how? The first
> attestation I find is a 2001 Playstation 2 title, "WWF Smackdown: Just Bring
> It!" (the year after the movie "Bring It On" was released).

I haven't heard this, but it seems to me to be part of a broader
pattern of dropping particles from V + Ptcl, e.g.,
  hang out (with X) -> hang (with X)
I thought I had a list of several such, but I can't find it. I'm sure
other list members will be able to supply some.

Mark Mandel

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

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