Date: Mon, 1 Jun 1998 10:50:40 +0000
From: Maria Sansalone
Subject: "You know what I mean"

I'm an editor at Merriam-Webster, Inc., the reference publishers.
I recently got a call from a college professor who would like
information on the phrase, "You know what I mean." He says that he's
been hearing it quite a bit in the speech of black college students.
He'd like to know if it's rooted in a recent movie, but from my brief
look into it, it appears to go back to at least the 20s in familiar
speech. I appreciate any information. Maria Sansalone