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Q: History of phrase "Thank you sir, may I have another" ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: History of phrase "Thank you sir, may I have another"
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: spolsky-ga
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Posted: 25 May 2004 06:37 PDT
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Question ID: 351627
What is the origin of the phrase "Thank you sir, may I have another?"
Subject: Re: History of phrase "Thank you sir, may I have another"
Answered By: thx1138-ga on 25 May 2004 07:30 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello spolsky and thank you for your question.

The phrase "Thank you, sir, may I have another" comes from the 1978
film "Animal House"

"The film's dialogue has saturated pop culture to such an extent that
phrases such as "Assume the position!" and "Thank you, sir, may I have
another?" are tossed around by people who haven't even seen the

The phrase has also been referenced in a Simpsons series:
"Cultural References"
Mr. Burns: Thank you sir. May I have another? 
When Lenny kicks Burns in the butt to demonstrate to Homer the
Stonecutters' hierarchy, Burns responds by saying "Thank you sir. May
I have another?". This is a reference to the 1978 film "Animal House,"
when the Omega house is doing their initiations. In the movie, an
older brother is paddling the pledges, and the pledge (Kevin Bacon in
his first role) responds with that line.

and if you look under "Animal House" here:
You can hear a .wav of the original clip.

Thank you for your question, and if you need any clarification
regarding my answer, do not hesitate to ask before rating my answer.

Very best regards


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Subject: Re: History of phrase "Thank you sir, may I have another"
From: kimr-ga on 25 May 2004 11:39 PDT
Also, very similar, in "Oliver Twist" Oliver mutters "Please sir, I
want some more" in chapter 2.


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