[Ads-l] Long time no see.

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 10 15:12:04 EDT 2020


I take back the "undoubtedly."  OED suggests Anglo-Chinese pidgin.

JL

On Sat, Oct 10, 2020 at 3:10 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

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


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