[Ads-l] no duh (1979)

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 26 00:10:57 UTC 2021

The sarcastic expression "no duh" has come up a few times on the list over
the years. Back in 2006, John Baker found it in a 1988 Usenet post and a
1990 news article:


Here it is from 1979, in a glossary of teen slang:

Daytona Beach (Fla.) Morning Journal, July 6, 1979, p. 9A, col. 1
"Teen Talk: Parents Required To Be Bilingual?" by Barbara Taylor
No duh -- sarcastic retort meaning you've just said something dumb,
something obvious to everyone else and there was no need for you to say it
in the first place. Examples: "You're late." "No duh!" or "It's dark." "No


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