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

Towse my.cache at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 26 21:01:07 EDT 2019


I would imagine "You got a problem with that?" might at least go back to
the 70s. ref The Nixon Tapes 1971-1972, when Kissinger responds to Nixon,
"I have no problem with that."

https://books.google.com/books?id=tSROBAAAQBAJ&pg=PT610&dq=%22problem+with+that%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjB8vqy66HkAhV_GDQIHXD8D2M4ZBDoATACegQIARAR#v=onepage&q=%22problem%20with%20that%22&f=false

On Mon, Aug 26, 2019, 3:49 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 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
>
> https://www.newspapers.com/image/448961876/?terms=gotta
>
> [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.
>
> Garson
>
> 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
> >
> >
> >
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> truth."
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