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Vive la difference

Posted by R. Berg on August 13, 2001

In Reply to: Vive la difference posted by Bob on August 12, 2001

: : I am looking for the origin of the phrase "Vive la Difference"

: : Hopefully, someone can help me with this... specifically, I am interested in who said it.

: Spencer Tracy's character, Adam Bonner, in "Adam's Rib," 1949.

Who said it first may be impossible to determine. Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British," says it's been a catchphrase since 1919 or 1920 and calls it "an adaptation . . . of the French male toast."