Pretty Please (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Tue Jan 27 23:36:27 UTC 2009

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Barry Popik's web page mentions the subject phrase here:

OED has 1913.

"The Beginnings of Beauty" Shirley Dare. _The Daily Inter Ocean_
(Chicago, IL) Sunday, December 02, 1888; pg. 21; col B
"It does not seem necessary to say "please" or "thank you," for hourly
service, counted in the bond, either to servants or children, but they
can be told to do things in a pleasant way, that is as far from
domineering as it is from the "pretty please" fashion."
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