six feet under (ground) (1857)

David Barnhart dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Thu Nov 21 20:33:10 UTC 2013

I've been noodling around in looking for early
occurrences of the phrase _six feet under_ (meaning "dead").

Most material found is American in origin.  But, .

Did he say anything about wishing himself dead?-Not on that occasion.  On
another occasion he said, "I wish I was six feet under the ground."  "The
Glasgow Poisoning," The Express [London] (, July 4,
1857, p 3

The American Dialect Society -

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