[Ads-l] "What do you mean we, paleface / white man / kemo sabe?" (UNCLASSIFIED)

MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY CCDC AVMC (USA) 0000099bab68be9a-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Wed Jun 5 17:46:31 UTC 2019


Slightly older than 1954:

Algona IA _Kossuth County Advance_ 27 Feb 1951 p 4 col 1

"'We're lost,' he told the group.
'What do you mean WE -- you got a mouse in your pocket,' quipped Bernard Dahlhauser, another passenger in the car." 

> Ben Yagoda wrote:
> > Another variation was a favorite comeback of my college buddy Bob Zaglin, back in the ‘70s.
> > Me: What are we gonna do now?
> > Zag: You got a rat in your pocket?
> The QI website has an article about the editorial 'we' with citations beginning in 1855  (Ben Zimmer is acknowledged). A "mouse in your
> pocket" citation from 1954 was included.
> Only Monarchs, Editors, and People with Tapeworms Have the Right to Use the Editorial ‘We’
> https://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/06/13/we/
> Garson

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