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Thursday, February 08, 2007

The First To Go 'Here Goes'

Letters from Robert Godlonton discovered in an English attic are of both historical and lexicographical interest.

They provide a vivid image of the settlers' arrival in southern Africa in 1820 and their struggle to establish a colony.

The find could even lead to an update of the Oxford English Dictionary as the correspondence contains the earliest recorded use of the phrase "here goes".

Mr Godlonton writes: "As I promised when at home to give you a full and particular account, here goes to begin. We arrived..." [Link]

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