Date: Tue, 14 May 1996 12:20:25 -0600

From: Samuel Jones smjones1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FACSTAFF.WISC.EDU

Subject: Re: "Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...,"



Is anyone else familiar with the above phrase?





Miz O'Neill, ma'am,



YUP!



In my universe, it is fairly popular.



MAHN, TOO! 'N HAS BEEN FER YERS 'N YERS.



But I've been trying, to no avail,

to trace its evolution and locate its origin.





AH SUSpect HOLLYWOOD WRITERS, MA'AM.



Can anyone provide me with information

on the earliest citation of the above phrase?





Don' rightly know. Ma'am, eff'n this be THUH "earliest," but



Ah 'stinctly 'member this pertikuhler phrase appurring awun



the motion picture THEater screen, in mah liddle ole Oklahoma



town, adurin' them-there rousin' (now-vintage), 13-week-long,



Saturday-mornin', cowboy-shoot-'em-up serials, in which



the hero always wore uh white haejuht, 'n rode a white horse,



uh palomino, or jes' maybe uhn Appaloosa. Yee HAH!!





Thanks, cowboys and cowgirls. =





Right tole'ble proud tuh be uv hep, ma'am.



samjones



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