Posted by RRC on July 17, 2006
In Reply to: Sweet dick all posted by Bob on July 17, 2006
: : In Canada...we use a phrase sometimes..."sweet dick all".
: : As in...Joe went to work today and did sweet dick all (meaning he did nothing).
: : Any idea where this came from. My American friends think this is hilarious
: Well, I find it funny, too.
: Never heard it in the US.
: It sounds British in its construction, as in "bugger all" meaning none. I don't believe Americans have an "all" usage in that dismissive sense. That's shooting from the hip, of course, so someone can prove me wrong.
There is some American usage of "jack all" to mean nothing, but I don't know jack all about where it comes from.