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Re: Beef

Posted by David FG on November 21, 2010 at 09:10

In Reply to: Beef posted by jennifer d on November 20, 2010 at 10:24:

: I have some beef with you. (meaning we have unresolved issues together) Where did this originate?

It seems that no one knows. The Online Etymology Dictionary has for its entry 'Beef (v)':

"to complain," slang, 1888, Amer.Eng., from noun meaning "complaint" (1880s). The noun meaning "argument" is recorded from 1930s. The origin and signification are unclear; perhaps it traces to the common late 19c. complaint of U.S. soldiers about the quantity or quality of beef rations.

DFG