Date: Sun, 10 Mar 1996 20:10:32 -0600
From: Dan Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU
Subject: % Source of Quote: Been There ... Done That (fwd)
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Date: Sun, 10 Mar 1996 20:31:53 +0000 (GMT)
From: John Rickard jrr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]atml.co.uk
To: stumpers stumpers-list[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CRF.CUIS.EDU
Subject: % Source of Quote: Been There ... Done That
Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]yale.edu wrote:
We have a patron who is looking for the origins of this rather
too often used phrase. Does anyone claim to be the first person to have
said, "Been there ... done that.
The earliest citation I have for this phrase is from Sports Illustrated,
9 Feb. 1987: "Conner, as the Aussies say, has 'been there, done that.'"
I noticed in OED News (the on-line newsletter of the Oxford English
Dictionary) issue 3, January 1996, that "been there, done that" was
one of the words and phrases on their appeals list for earlier
citations; it seems that the earliest they had was 1991.
So they may be grateful if you send your Sports Illustrated quotation
to oed3[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]oup.co.uk. (If you think that the OED deserves unpaid help
from the public!)
These newsletters, which can be found at
http://www1.oup.co.uk/oup/ar/oed/newoed? , are excellent reading for
anyone with any interest in dictionaries.