Posted by ESC on December 04, 2003
In Reply to: Apples posted by Philip on December 04, 2003
: : : I'm looking for the origin and usages of the phrase "How about them apples"
: : Type 'apples' in the Search box and you'll get some results.
: Thanks Fred - this previous exchange following the use of the phrase in Good Will Hunting explains the meaning of the phrase (which I already knew) but still doesn't tell me where the phrase originated from.
That's all I could find out about it -- that it originated in the 20s.
"How do you like them apples?" means "So there! What do you have to say now? What are you going to do about it? Used ironically since the late 1920s." according to the "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman.