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Re: Good night, nurse!

Posted by R. Berg on October 18, 2001

In Reply to: GOOD NIGHT posted by L HOLT on October 18, 2001

: DOES ANYBODY KNOW THE ORIGIN OF "GOODNIGHT NURSE"? THANKS

From Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British":

"Good night, nurse!," although it prob. dates from c. 1910, became popular during--and largely because of--WW1, with particular ref. to the naval and military hospitals for Other Ranks. It is synon. with and clearly prompted by the simple, the basic, "good night!"