Wednesday, January 09, 2008

"Good stuff, Maynard"

So I said that today, without thinking, because I don't think I'd heard anyone say that in oh, 10 years or so and I don't know how or why it would've slipped from my mouth, because I don't know anyone named Maynard, and I was in fact talking to my friend Tony about this unbelievable Strawberry and Lime chewing gum I had and I looked at him in shock and thought, "Wow, I wonder where that saying came from."
Well, hold on to your britches, because you (all 2 of you that read this) will be very happy to know that it came from a commercial in the 80's, where a father gets his kid to eat his food by telling his kid's imaginary friend, "Good stuff, Maynard."
And there you have it. Has your day improved? Mine has, because it was something that would've killed me had it not been for the wonder that is google.
I wonder where "hold on to your britches" came from.

10 comments:

Joe Rocco said...

I'm not entirely sure about the origin of "hold onto your britches", but I know it's an old American hillbilly expression. It comes from the late 19th century roughly (turn of the century) and beyond that my memory is a bit foggy. Google wasn't very helpful. I will report more on this later Nic!

nic said...

Good work, Rocco. You're a team player.

:D

Tanner said...

What is wrong with you? =)

nic said...

shh! This is thought-provoking stuff here.

Ry's Photo Blog said...

I remember that commercial!! I think it ends with the kid saying "Maynard went out to play."

Terrell Gentry said...

I remember that commercial, for Malt-o-meal or Cream of wheat or something like that....right...???

debbie said...

I want a 'good stuff maynard t-shirt.' i named my cat maynard after that commercial. i always say and have always said, "good stuff maynard." when i eat. and yet i never say, "he likes it, hey mikey" and that's from the same era...does any of the 6 readers who will read this know where i can get one? heeeeeeee

Ken Kopin said...

There were two of these commercials, at least. I remember the one with the imaginary friend, but then there was this one in which the kid was named Maynard. The bear was nameless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWtiritKccM

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Anonymous said...

I've used that saying for years. AND I've also used the "Hey Mikey" saying too.
The britches comment sounds like the expletive my dad (born in 1912) used a lot, "Dagnabit!".
Wonder where THAT came from.