[PW] ? "Nobody Here But Us Chickens" (Quotation Query #760)
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Wed Jan 18 18:17:44 PST 2017
There was a cartoon in Life that was printed the month before.
Date: June 11 1908
'TAINT NOBODY IN HEAH 'CEPTIN' US CHICKENS
On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 8:40 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
> In the Yale Book of Quotations I included the saying "There's nobody here but us chickens," with a citation from 1937. Subsequently I have found a 1912 occurrence of "There ain't nobody here but us chickens" in the New Orleans Times-Democrat. Still earlier, Wikiquote cites a racially charged version, "dey ain't nobody hyah 'ceptin' us chickens," from Everybody's Magazine, July 1908.
> I would welcome information about any variants of this before July 1908.
> Fred Shapiro
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