Posted by R. Berg on January 15, 2003
In Reply to: "Played like a fiddle" and "yours truly" origins posted by Michael A. Jundi on January 14, 2003
: Two real problem origins for me, can someone help? I'm a librarian in Ohio, USA in a High School and cannot find an answer to either of these phrases.
: Played like a fiddle-meaning to be manipulated artfully.
: Yours truly-as in the sign off of a letter.
: When/where did this begin in our language???
Oxford English Dictionary's earliest example of "yours" in the closing of a letter
is dated about 1430. There have been many variations.
"Yours to death, and after death, Luke Kirbie"
"I depend on your mighty Talent . . . and on that Score, remain, Most Lovingly Yours."
Presumably the early examples were written in England.
I couldn't find anything about the "fiddle" expression.