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Thread #132499 Message #3995532
Posted By: meself
07-Jun-19 - 11:18 AM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
"From the get-go" does not appear in print until the 1960s, apparently. Some think it morphed from the expression, "From the word 'go'"; personally, I think the similarity is coincidental (due to the opposing rhythmical stresses in the two expressions; 'the GET-go' would not naturally emerge from 'the word GO').
Another theory is that it is an abbreviated version of "Get ready, get set - GO!"
Yet another theory has it as coming from the clunky formation "getting going" - I think "get going" more likely.