Etymology (Meaning of Words)/origin of phrases

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dAmADtECH wrote at 2007-04-20 05:38:45
Sorry, but my Dad used that expression when I was a kid as did my algebra teached and others. I'm 49 years old now.....


tousha wrote at 2008-02-18 23:33:38
The origin of the phrase began with the movie "When Harry met Sally" from 1989, when she was describing the discrepancy between , er, shall we say men's perceptions and women's faking of orgasms.


Angel wrote at 2008-04-11 08:40:07
Three to five years old?  That can't be right; I certainly it seems like I've been hearing it since I was a teen.  Just by using only books that I have on hand, I find that it was used in an Animorphs book published in 1999 (The Separation, page 48), and it's used as if it were an established phrase that had been around a while.


anderso3 wrote at 2013-04-06 18:40:35
"You do the math" is heard in the 1989 movie "When Harry Met Sally," early in the fake orgasm scene in the restaurant.


VladtheImpala wrote at 2013-06-15 09:43:53
Just watched a season 1 show of Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996 and Peter Boyle uses it so it's definitely older than the three to five years suggested.


g wrote at 2013-12-20 15:14:40
The phrase "you do the math" was included in the dialogue of the 1989 film "When Harry Met Sally..." which pre-dates 2002 previously mentioned, however, this may not be where it originated.



Harry: What is that supposed to mean?

Sally: Nothing. It's just that all men are sure it never happened to them and that most women at one time or another have done it so you do the math.



source: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/When_Harry_Met_Sally...


rivula wrote at 2014-03-07 02:56:54
I think we owe this one to Nora Ephron. Sally Albright uses it in the diner scene in When Harry Met Sally. An approximate quote: "Every woman has done it, no guy thinks it's happened to him...you do the math."


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