Literal-Minded

Linguistic commentary from a guy who takes things too literally

More On the Boss of Me

Posted by Neal on October 19, 2007

Readers who have been with me since 2004 may remember a couple of posts I did when I was looking into the history of the phrase You’re not the boss of me (as opposed to You’re not my boss). Little did I know at the time that Ben Zimmer had done some looking into the phrase in 2001 in response to a query on alt.usage.english; he wrote another post on the topic in 2005 on the American Dialect Society mailing list, making use of some searchable newspaper databases; he now has a posting on Language Log updating his findings with some data obtained via Google’s book search.

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