You Crazy Kid

26th August 2002

I have now officially received eight emails explaining the origins of the phrase “I don’t give a tinker’s damn,” or alternately, “I don’t give a tinker’s dam.” Of these, three began with the phrases, “You might be surprised to learn,” “It might surprise you that,” and “Surprisingly enough.” I also received several suggestions of additional phrases that all of you should use more, the best of which were:

  • Enthusiasm: “Bangarang!”
  • Approval: “I like the cut of his jib.”
  • Threat: “I’ll fix your little red wagon.”