What’s the origin of the expression “That’s my name; don’t wear it out!”? It sounds like it’s a catchphrase from some sitcom or movie character.
The first time I recall hearing it was on PeeWee’s playhouse.
Can someone come up with something earlier?
Sure–my schoolyard back in the 1970s.
Seriously, it’s an old expression. PeeWee was using it in a retro fashion.
Heard it in the 60s. No cite.
It’s used in *Grease * (set in 1959, made 1978) I guess it was late 50’s usage.
Again heard it as a kid, late 50s or 60s. I have to assume it’s way older than that. Passed down through big brothers and older kids forever. Not a media catch phrase originally.
Take a picture, it’ll last longer.
I think Elizibeth I, Rex, used something like the phrase or was that only in a movie?
Queen Judi Dench I used it in Shakespeare in Love:
Not exactly a historical document, though.
I know you are but what am I?
I remember it from the mid-to-late 50s.
Say it. Don’t spray it.
Yeah. Gimme the news, not the weather.
Sounds like an Ernest T. Bassism, but I don’t have a cite.
It definitely predates the *Andy Griffith Show, *which debuted in 1960. It sounds more like something from *Dobie Gillis, *but I’m sure I heard it before then, too.