Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 08:21:15 -0600
From: Tom Head tlh[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETDOOR.COM
Subject: Re: "so do me something" - Reply to Beth Simon's Inquiry
On Wed, 5 Nov 1997, MELISSA S. SMITH wrote:
Since we are talking about unusual sayings, I'd like someone to tell me
the origin of "What can I do ya for?" I've heard this a lot lately and
it gets on my nerves. It has a rude undertone that I don't like. Where
did this come from?
I think it's a corruption of "What can I do for ya?", an informal business
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