I think the *Bite me!* business is just about played out, but I wanted to ask

if there was any particular reason why the original request was for a printed

citation--or the date when the expression was first in print. Few of the

responses actually gave a print date and the earliest recollections are about

30 years before the 1977 date given in Lighter. Does the person who began this

thread want to comment on the need for an in-print date?

Incidentally, I first heard it in high school, 1954-1957, and never knew

exactly what it meant, if indeed the guys who used it knew themselves.

R. Spears