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Since around 1880. I don’t wish to know that see I say, I say, I say! I feel like a mushroom: everyone keeps me in the dark and is always feeding me bullshit a catch phrase of the 1970s-80s, of US origin. Similar sentiments were expressed in a catch phrase of the early 1940s: I’m always out of the picture, just clambering round the frame. I forgot to duck said, by way of explanation, by somebody with a black eye or similar injury. ’ It also featured in a music-hall comedy sketch, and was repopularized in 1981 by the US president Ronald Reagan, after he was wounded in an assassination attempt.

Used in the USA since the 1930s and in the UK since around 1950. from the sublime to the gorblimey from the sublime to the ridiculous; used as an occasional variant of this cliché since the 1920s or earlier. ’ fuck a duck! see go fuck a duck! fuck ’em all! an expression of (usually cheerful) defiance, applied to the world in general or to a particular circumstance or situation. Since around 1919. An extended variant is fuck ’em all bar six, and they can be the pall-bearers. fuck ’em and chuck ’em epitomizes a certain basic male attitude to the opposite sex.

Variants include I have my spies and my spies are everywhere. I have to hand it to you see hand it to you, I have (or I’ve got) to. I have to see a man about a dog see see a man about a dog, I have (or I’ve got) to. I haven’t got a thing to wear a catch phrase generally used by women ‘I haven’t got a suitable outfit (for this special occasion) that I haven’t worn at least once before’. The phrase dates from the 1890s or earlier; in modern usage it is often said in jocular self-parody. I haven’t laughed so much since my auntie caught her tit in the mangle I haven’t laughed so much for a long time; a reaction, for example, to the misfortune of somebody who is unpopular.

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