Date: Tue, 9 Jun 1998 10:28:37 -0400
From: Jesse T Sheidlower
Subject: Re: "You the man"

Just thought I'd point out that we do have the base of
this expression in HDAS; under the entry for "the man"
(which we divide into nine subsenses), sense "f" is
"Black E. a man who is highly accomplished or respected;
the best man in a given field or at a particular time."
The earliest is 1952, but one of the cites refers to
1923. We didn't bother to separate out the phrase "you
the man!," but we have a few examples from the early
1990s; I'm sure we could find much earlier examples if
we had treated this as a distinct phrase.

Jesse Sheidlower