Date: Tue, 28 May 1996 17:01:06 -0400 From: Jules Levin 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... Any disagreement? Jules Levin UCR >