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"Can't get there from here"

Posted by Chuck Gunter on May 17, 2000

In Reply to: "Can't get there from here" posted by Wayne Frankel on May 02, 2000

: Does anyone know the origin of the Yankee phrase "You can't get there from here?" (aka "You can't get theah from heah?). I need an actual citation.

: Thanks for your help,

I can't help with a citation. I've heard it as the punch line to a joke (summarized): A stranger asks locals for directions. After starting to give directions serveral times (each one different) and stopping part way as they got confusing/turned out wrong, the local finally decides "You can't get there from here."

Good luck...