Posted by Lewis on December 16, 2004
In Reply to: "Say what you really think" posted by Bob on December 16, 2004
: : Is anyone familiar with the ironic phrase, "say what you really think" or "Say what you really think, why don't you?" usually following a very blunt statement? It's usually something like this:
: : "John is a complete and utter fool and his administration of this enterprise has been an disaster of biblical proportion."
: : "Say what you really think, why don't you?"
: : It seems to be making a few inroads here in the US. I always think of it as a British phrase.
: : Anyway, I was wondering where it comes from. It sounds like a comic's signature line but I haven't been able to find any trace of it, at least online. Maybe it's too subtle for Google. Any ideas?
: Sounds a bit like Seinfeld. Nothing I can pin down.
SWYRT is often followed by 'why don't you?' or 'don't hold back'.
can't place an origin.