[Ads-l] Ain't got no clue

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 5 14:12:32 UTC 2022

OED has "not have a clue" (to be completely ignorant) from 1948, with
bracketed exx. from 1870 and 1924.

None of its exx. are from the U.S.

1932 Bartlett Cormack _The Phantom of Crestwood_ (film): Well, I grilled
the servants. They ain't got no clue, so I locked 'em up.

Set in a California mansion.


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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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