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Post by Miss Stiletto » Thu Nov 10, 2005 5:37 pm

I'm wondering what the origin of "get 'er done"! The first time I heard it was Larry the Cable Guy talking about having sex his wife and I've heard it used inappropriately several times. However, our manager sent out an email using the phrase in response to raising money for hurricane victims. I did a search on the Web and found it spelled two says - like above and Get-R-Done. Of course, when written using 'er which is a contraction for her like 'em is for them, it gives it a more feminine association which supports some of the inappropriate usage. I know it's just slang for "get it done" –but it's just been used to reflect so many different things. When you search the Web you get mostly articles/advertisements that are titled that way, although there were a couple of porn sites. But the bottom line is that no matter how you spell it, the articles that came up show the phrase has been used by a politician, dry cleaners, cable company, a company that makes t-shirts/hats named GRD that raised money for 9-11 victims just to name a few. I'm just wondering how the phrase started and if anyone else associates it with the reference used by Larry when they hear it! I don't really care that he used it –I just thought it was an odd choice of words!
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Post by russcable » Thu Nov 10, 2005 6:42 pm

Anyone who is familiar with Larry the Cable Guy would associate it with him as it is one of his catch phrases (along with "now that's funny, I don't care who ya are"). Since "The Blue Collar Comedy Tour" TV concert tour/movie/specials/DVD's was quite successful and "The Blue Collar Comedy Hour" tv show ran for a couple of seasons, Larry has had a pretty extensive exposure. I'm sure that he didn't invent the phrase but I think he's certainly responsible for its current popularity.
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Post by kagriffy » Thu Nov 10, 2005 7:09 pm

And in keeping with LTCG's redneck background, the phrase should really be spelled "Git" (regardless of how the last two parts are spelled). In Redneckese, the word "get" is pronounced with a very distinct short "I" sound. I suspect if you do a search spelling it "Git" you'll GET quite a few more hits.
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Post by dalehileman » Fri Nov 11, 2005 3:47 pm

I for one would gratefully appreciate some sort of roundup or consensus on the phrase; that is, concise defs without having to Google it as a major search--thanking youall most kindly
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Post by spiritus » Sat Nov 12, 2005 9:51 pm

dale,

I think it's, "thankin' ya'awl".
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Post by spiritus » Sat Nov 12, 2005 10:14 pm

dale,

Speaking of Google searchs for word usage and definitions; what do you think the criteria for accepting search results as factual should be? Should frequency of a common definition or usage form hold sway? I'm thinking of how often a fallacy is accepted as fact because of a majority's belief in it's valadity. Often the common untruth may be sourced to a single "unquestionable authority".

A virtual penny for your thoughts dale.
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Post by dalehileman » Sun Nov 13, 2005 1:22 am

Spirit, I absolutely agree. Typically a phrase will yield thousands of hits, many of which don't reflect the common usage. That is why I had hoped somebody could answer so as to save me the tedious task
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