Date: Tue, 28 May 1996 17:01:06 -0400
From: Jules Levin jflevin[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UCRAC1.UCR.EDU
Subject: On (and off) my case...
Speaking of social workers (in the "client" discussion), is there any
disagreement that the expressions "to be on someone's case" and "get off my
case...", referring to hassling someone about anything, probably arose in
Welfare recipient jargon. A social worker has X # of cases; when they start
coming around and asking awkward questions it is because they are working
"on your case." So you tell them to "get off my case!!"
As I recall, these expressions entered general usage (baby-boomer and
younger) from below; I first heard them as underclass slang...