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- Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:40 pm
- Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
- Topic: You're the man! -- You da man!
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Edgar Allan Poe's story "The man that was Used Up," (1839) repeatedly has characters, speaking of a valiant war veteran, saying "he's the man-" and trailing off. This becomes a refrain that is finally completed by the narrator, who says "he's the man... that was used up," but the phrase seems, throu...