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Old 08-03-2005, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Colibri
The confluence of cites/recollections from the late 1970s is interesting. I might also say that my impression is that it had not become a widespread catchphrase too much before that (perhaps 5 years or less) because 1977 is the first time I clearly remember it being used. I do not recollect it being a stock phrase in the 1950s or 1960s.
I also have the impression that it emerged during the 70s, which is part of the reason for my Dirty Harry WAG (which I have been unable to confirm via Google).