[Ads-l] pop a cap: big antedating

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 2 01:55:53 UTC 2015

On Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 8:34 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> 1863?

The 1963 cite in HDAS is, IMO, *astonishingly* early for the *exact
phrase*, "bust a cap _in yo[ur] ass_." A casual Googling has no hits
earlier than ca. '03 and, since it's in UD, that could be just something
that the poster made up on the spot. Youneverknow. OTOH, I'm not sure that
in '63,

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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