Party like it’s 1999
Posted: 05 November 2007 01:13 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Any clue as to when the phrase originated? Nothing in OED on it. I first heard it in the early 90s, I believe, on a US TV show. Still in use, here’s an example from 2006.

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Posted: 05 November 2007 03:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Its one of the lyrics from the Prince song ‘1999’ released on the album of the same name in 1982

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Posted: 05 November 2007 04:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I saw the Prince song, I hadn’t realized it was that early. I wonder if it’s original to him.

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Posted: 05 November 2007 06:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Yes, I’m pretty sure it is; it’s not the kind of obvious phrase that would have been “in the air.” (I might add that I spent New Year’s Eve of 1998 in a dive bar in Lower Manhattan listening to a band I knew, and at the appropriate moment they played the Prince song.  It was spectacular.)

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