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Old 01 October 2008, 09:33 PM
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I've searched EBSCO and JSTOR and the only article I can find that references it directly cites it as being relatively new in Chicago in 1942, and as being commonly held to have been produced by quiz shows and the like. One of the test subjects said he heard it in grade school, but considering the time, I think it was probably not around at the beginning of the 20'th century in terms of common usage, in so far as I can prove it's existence in common parlance. I can e-mail the article, but I'm uneasy about posting a JSTOR article.
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