Thursday, March 20, 2008

Terrible Grammar

I know that "all get out" seems to be used as a simile to create an easy superlative for just about anything, but does anyone know the origin of, or basis for, the phrase?

It is such a horrific term.


Joy said...

Kerri, cleaning up the English language one phrase at a time!
Hope you are feeling better. I missed you last night.
Love ya

Patti said...

here's what i could come up with:

as all get-out
to an extreme degree. I know this sounds as strange as all get-out, but I feel like I met you before.
Usage notes: used after an adjective

The utmost degree that is possible or even imaginable: “It's snowing like all get-out up here”

Kerri said...

I vow to never say "as all get-out"

Joy said...

I will try to vow with you, but will most likely forget I have vowed such a vow and will find myself somewhere, someday, muttering these very words. Old age . . . it's a terrible thing!

Kerri said...

My co-worker for said it and like the jokester he is, said it's from a french guy named "Gedout." I never believed him for a second.

Shelden said...

I have no idea what that means!!!