[Ads-l] "sock it to me" redux

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 11 15:47:12 UTC 2015

My latest column for the Wall St. Journal looks at the history of the
catchphrase "sock it to me," prompted by the passing of Judy Carne,
who made it famous on "Laugh-In."


We've talked about "sock it to me" on the list in the past, and I drew
on those enlightening discussions for the column. Thanks especially to
Wilson, who pointed out the usage by Stepin Fetchit in the 1945 short
film "Big Timers" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qALvc-MIDY).


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