[Ads-l] chickens and chainsaws, you got a problem with that?

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 26 22:49:01 UTC 2019

Interesting topic, JL. The phrase "You got a problem with that?" does
sound much older than the 1980s to my ear, so this 1983 citation is
probably antedatable. Nevertheless, the dialectical spelling might
help other searchers formulate queries.

Date: September 9, 1983
Newspaper: The Latrobe Bulletin
Newspaper Location: Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Article: Bulletin Crystal Ball
Quote Page 10, Column 3
Database: Newspapers.com


[Begin excerpt]
And speaking of position, Cipicchio, thanks to the first letter of his
name, is in position No. 1 on the chart as Week No. 2 opens.

"I'm gonna be the rabbit in dis race," remarked the chunky scribe.
"I'm gonna be da rabbit. You gotta problem with dat?"
[End excerpt]

I checked Barry Popik's website for "problem with that" and "problem
with dat" and the matches were not germane.


On Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 5:47 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Last week former Obama adviser Van Jones ventured that something or other
> was "like juggling chickens and chainsaws in an earthquake."
> 2007
> https://www.resilience.org › stories › peak-oil-oct-10
> <https://www.resilience.org/stories/2007-10-10/peak-oil-oct-10/> :
> So they keep juggling chickens and chainsaws and hope it works out just
> like most of us everyday at work.
> II
> "You got a problem with that?" One might have thunk that the sarcastic
> question was eons old.   Apparently not. It seems to have become popular
> only about 25 years ago. The earliest I find:
> 1985 L.A. Times (Sept. 19) B-16: I don't run if it's over 75 degrees. ...
> If you got a problem with that, talk to my dad.
> JL
> --
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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