"Let's do this"

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 25 18:47:36 UTC 2013

IIRC, in the 1982 movie version of Mailer's The Executioner's Song, Gary
Gilmore, played by Tommy Lee Jones, says to the riflemen at his execution,
"Let's do this," or "Let's do it."  I don't have a copy of the 1979 book
anymore to check if its there.


On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>wrote:

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> When did this start?  I'm now hearing it as a tag on commercials, but
> judging from urbandictionary it's been around for awhile.  Here's a gloss
> and one of the cleaner cites:
> A phrase which connotates the beginning or initiation of something fun,
> such as a party, club excursion, bar crawl, or the like.
> Three people get into a cab on their way to a party. Prior to getting in,
> one of them says "Alright, let's do this!"
> In my memory nobody has used this live in my hearing, but I could have
> missed it.
> LH
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