"When the going gets tough, …"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Apr 12 18:11:34 UTC 2013

FWIW, Frank Leahy coached at Boston College in 1939-40 before moving
on to Notre Dame. And of course Joe Kennedy was from Boston.

On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
> I see there is an instance of the motto in Boston Herald (Boston, MA)
> on October 10, 1949. The search continues.
> On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 1:41 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
>> The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs compiled by Charles Clay Doyle,
>> Wolfgang Mieder, and Fred R. Shapiro and the Yale Book of Quotations
>> have an excellent cite in May 4, 1954 (as noted by Charlie and Ben).
>> Here is an interesting earlier version of the motto that does not
>> quite conform to the antimetabole pattern.
>> [ref] 1951 July 26, The Courier (Brookfield Courier), (Freestanding
>> unattributed statement), Quote Page 8, Column 7, Brookfield, New York.
>> [/ref]
>> [Begin excerpt]
>> When the going gets tough the tough keep going.
>> [End excerpt]
>> On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu> wrote:
>>> "the tough get going". This proverb figures in a posting on a Zippy cartoon, here:
>>>   http://arnoldzwicky.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/body-language-and-lithuanians/
>>> in that posting, i quote Wikipedia speculations about the source.  i can't at the
>>> moment locate my copy of the Dictionary of Modern Proverbs, so i don't know
>>> if it's in there.  anyone have the skinny on the proverb?

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