"Don't just do something...."

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 1 22:51:12 UTC 2011

CNN person: "There's a joke on Wall Street: 'Don't just do something, Stand
there.'"  In other words, don't take part in a buying or selling panic.

But it isn't just on Wall Street. GB reveals thousands of exx., with varying

The earliest is allegedly from Newsweek, vol. 45 (1955). I can't verify the
date, but the snippet congruously mentions Gwen Verdon in _Damn Yankees_:

"...once made a rehearsal director shout, 'Don't just do something! Stand

The phrase appears regularly since the mid '50s.


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