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Outen the lights

Posted by R. Berg on August 28, 2002

In Reply to: Outen the lights posted by ESC on August 28, 2002

: : Where did this phrase originate???

: Sounds like a mountain phrase to me. A couple of related phrases: "outen," a preposition as in "out of" and "outten, ou'n" an adjective as in "out of." From "Southern Mountain Speech" by Cratis D. Williams (Berea College Press, 1992)

It may also be a humorous imitation of German, with the "-en" ending for verbs.