the thing of it is...

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 16 19:45:09 UTC 2010

Thank you! Obviously it's a lot older than I thought.

I've always enjoyed Harte, so I searched for /"Bret Harte" "Dow's Flat"/ and
found it on Bartleby from the Yale Bk of Amer Verse ( Thanks for that, too.


On Thu, May 13, 2010 at 5:23 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:

> Bret Harte uses it in his poem "Dow's Flat (1856)," published in June,
> 1870=
> .

The American Dialect Society -

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