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I'll go to the foot of our stairs

Posted by Jim Davidson on September 11, 2007

I see among the meanings that nothing is included about the origin of "I'll go to the foot of our stairs."

I remember in my boyhood in the 1940s hearing that phrase first on the radio (wireless)in a comedy of some kind and the audience gave a bit of a gasp as it was said with a slight pause between "to" and "the foot" and it appeared as if the speaker was going to say " Well, I'll go to ... hell!" which in those days would have been shocking.

Nowadays anything goes, but I think that particular phrase originated in the music halls as I've described above. Does anyone else agree, or disagree?