Date: Sun, 10 Mar 1996 20:10:32 -0600 From: Dan Goodman Subject: % Source of Quote: Been There ... Done That (fwd) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Sun, 10 Mar 1996 20:31:53 +0000 (GMT) From: John Rickard To: stumpers Subject: % Source of Quote: Been There ... Done That Fred Shapiro 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] (If you think that the OED deserves unpaid help from the public!) These newsletters, which can be found at , are excellent reading for anyone with any interest in dictionaries. -- John Rickard