Posted by R. Berg on March 28, 2006
In Reply to: Thank ya mother for the rabbits posted by Marg on March 27, 2006
: I am looking for the origins of the phrase 'thank ya mother for the rabbits'. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Eric Partridge's "Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British" has an entry for "Thank your mother for the rabbit." Mr. Partridge suspects that it's Cockney street vendors' humor from the late 19th century.