Query: "Let George do it"

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Mon Nov 10 05:01:19 UTC 2008

> Quick review of Google Books shows "Let George do it" becoming suddenly
> fashionable in 1910: many instances from 1910, nothing before.
> Either the expression came from the comic strip, or the comic strip was
> named for a suddenly fashionable slogan which arose otherwise at about
> that time.

Addendum: Quick review of on-line newspaper archives shows "Let George
Do It" appearing as a comic-strip name in mid-1909, and the expression
all over the place starting in 1910.

It surely looks as though the catch-phrase came from the comic strip.

Here, from 1910 --


-- it is remarked (p. 292): <<GEORGE HAS BECOME A TOPIC OF EVERY-DAY
CONVERSATION>> ... referring to George the comic-strip character.

-- Doug Wilson

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

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