[Ads-l] Long time no see.

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 10 19:10:12 UTC 2020

OED: 1894.

1878 _Carson Daily Appeal_  (Carson City, Nev.) (Aug. 16) 4: "Long time no
see him," says the noble red man.

Undoubtedly the phrase arose in white-native pidgin.

I believe in later years "no see him" would be written as "no see 'um."

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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