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yarb commented on the word in all my born days
"I reckon the world is coming to an end. I never see the beat of it, in all my born days."
- Twain, Huckleberry Finn
August 26, 2012
"I'd been plugging away for many hours when there came a sound I'd never heard the like of in my born days. Eh, I won't forget that."
- C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian
(am reading it to my daughter)
April 18, 2011
'I never see sich a aggrawatin' boy as you are, Samivel,' said Mr. Weller, looking indignantly at his son; 'never in all my born days.'
- Dickens, The Pickwick Papers (1840), ch. LVI
February 21, 2009
And no sooner have bathing machines cropped up than I run across them in Humphry Clinker.
January 7, 2009
chained_bear commented on the word in all my born days
In all his born reading, I mean.
reesetee commented on the word in all my born days
In his reading, I mean.
*senses a setup*
Have you seen laundry machine at all, yarb?
I'm going to note down every instance I see of it in my reading, just like I'm doing with bathing machine.
Ha! I was discussing this odd phrase with someone just the other day.
January 6, 2009
sionnach commented on the word in all my born days
We cromlech-dwellers demand respect!
And beter speling!
O Molly! what shall I say of London? All the towns that ever I beheld in my born-days, are no more than Welsh barrows and crumlecks to this wonderful sitty!
- Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (Win Jenkins to Mary Jones), 1771
"But it's been a terrible shock to me, sir — my lord, I should say, but there! my nerves are all to pieces. Such a thing has never 'appened — happened to me in all my born days."
- Dorothy L. Sayers, Whose Body?, ch. 1
November 5, 2008
1955 M. ALLINGHAM Beckoning Lady vi. 91, I never met such a cack-handed jackass in all my born days.
August 29, 2008
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