It is American and the earliest example of it in print occurs in 1842.
'Hunky-dory' was preceded by earlier words, i.e. 'hunkey', meaning 'fit and healthy' and 'hunkum-bunkum', which had the same meaning as 'hunky-dory'. 'Hunkey' was in use in the USA by 1861, when it was used in the title of the Civil War song A Hunkey Boy Is Yankee Doodle. 'Hunkum-bunkum' is first recorded in the US sporting newspaper The Spirit of The Times, November 1842.
How about: "In Like Flint"? Just saw the origin of that last night on Turner Classic Movies. I had been watching Errol Flynn's movie: "Edge of Darkness"(1943), and the hostess of TCM was giving some interesting facts afterwards about the movie and Flynn. Apparently on or around the release of this movie, Errol Flynn, who had been charged in late 1942 with statutory rape by two 17 year old accusers, went to trial and was eventually acquitted. This led to original phrase of "In Like Flynn", because he got off in light of Flynn's alcoholic, hedonistic and womanizing lifestyle. The phrase eventually was modified over time to "In Like Flint".
In like Flynn is correct. Errol himself coined it in his own egotistical way in the late 30s as he was at that time Hollywood's fair-haired boy + if the legends are true + most likely are, the most laid as well. A lot of gin + pussy + dead at the age of 50. It could be worse I suppose.
The term 'spitting image' is an allusion to someone who is so like someone else. The concept and phrase were in circulation by 1689, when George Farquhar used it in his play "Love and a Bottle": “Poor child! He’s as like his own dada as if he were spit out of his mouth.” https://www.merriam-webster.co...image-origin-meaning
Originally posted by NormanConquest: Not that I'm advocating violence but when was the last time you saw a fistfight right there on the street? It used to be quite common before the pussification of the men in our country quit dealing with their issues themselves + gave it to the already overloaded cops. When I was a kid, we worked it out, after school, behind the bleachers, etc. But we worked it out!... A message to the next generation " Grow a Pair"!
My old man grew up in Sulphur Bluff and he said back then there wasn't anything to do but fight. I don't know if it's true but have heard that a Good Conduct Medal was hard to get back in the day
In one of the shops I worked in I was talking to this Mexican that worked there too + asked him what was the deal with the fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview. He said that just meant that he + his girlfriend had made it. Sounds as reasonable as anything else.
The term "Severance Pay".In Olde England, We all recall the old bit about tipping the hangman to make sure you got a good, quick drop. Prior to that when beheading was the order of the day, the same thing applied; paying the headsman for a clean, quick cut was known as... you got it. "severance pay."