"Let's do this"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 25 18:26:54 UTC 2013

On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM, Dan Goncharoff wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>wrote:
>> "Alright, let's do this!"
> Earliest I have found so far is 1997:
> Saturday Night Live
> Season 23: Episode 5
> http://snltranscripts.jt.org/97/97edonuts.phtml
> said by Director in sketch about making Dunkin Donuts commercial

"Let's do this" was showing up in rap lyrics for at least a decade
before that. See e.g. Levi 167, "Something Fresh to Swing To" (1987):
"My job's to rock, so c'mon and let's do this."


And in the intro to "Colors" (1988), Ice-T can be heard to say, "Yo
Ease, let's do this."



Ben Zimmer

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