Date: Sat, 25 Feb 1995 10:56:55 -0400
From: "E. Wayles Browne" ewb2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CORNELL.EDU
Subject: Re: long time no see
Anybody know the history of the phrase "long time no see"?
What other pidginesque phrases do we use?
Anton Sherwood *\\* +1 415 267 0685 *\\* DASher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]netcom.com
"No tickee, no washee." With apologies to modern Asian-Americans:
early Chinese settlers in the U.S. worked in a limited range of
occupations, one of them being laundries (there were jokes--from
the Marx Brothers movies?--about Chinese hand laundries being
places where they would wash one's dirty hands, instead of the
literal meaning, places where they would wash one's clothes by hand).
"No tickee, no washee", as I understand it, alludes to the Chinese
laundry proprietor being unwilling to give you your clothes back
if you didn't give him the laundry slip (claim check).
Wayles Browne, Assoc. Prof. of Linguistics
Dept. of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Morrill Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853, U.S.A.
tel. 607-255-0712 (o), 607-273-3009 (h)
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