[Ads-l] pop a cap: big antedating

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 3 01:22:19 UTC 2015

On Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 6:22 AM, Peter Morris <
peter_morris_1 at blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:

> January 1 1908.Dave Grant testified that between 11 and 12 o'clock at =
> Landon's barber shop, he heard Henry Cooley say "he would bust a cap In =
> somebody's _____, or bust It In his ____." He was going west then.

It's probably impossible to tell whether any given phrase is brand-new,
especially if it contains a "bad" word.

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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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