I Should Worry


Let’s wind
the magic
time machine
up and set the
dials for 1913 —

It was right before
World War I —
and folks had an
awful lot on their minds.

Not the least of which,
the current spate of
catch-words like:
” 23-Skidoo “,
“For The Love Of Mike “,
” Oh You Kid “.

Most of these were
first heard by folks
in popular songs
of the day —
and it’s true for
the subject of today’s post:
” I Should Worry ? ”

Although, I must say,
no catch-phrase of the
time captures the spirit
of those years quite
like this one.

” I Should Worry ”
was a sardonic way of
expressing one’s
disinterest in something
most other people else
were concerned about —
” I Couldn’t Care Less “.

It’s derivation,
interestingly enough,
is from a German-Yiddish
phrase “Nisht Gefidlt “

and it was the title of a
popular 1913 song
(I Should Worry) ” —

— it quickly became a part
of the period’s parlance.

The lyrics were
pretty silly, really:

“I never care or worry
Isch Gabibble, Isch Gabibble
I never tear or hurry
Isch Gabibble, Isch Gabibble
When I owe people money
Isch Gabibble, Isch Gabibble,”
……. and so on.

Music history buffs
might also remember
a comedian/coronet
player in the Kay Kyser Band
during the 1930’s
by the name of ‘Ish Kabibble’
— but that was long
after the idiom itself
had originally entered
the mainstream.

World War I held down
the popularity of the
German sounding side
of the expression,
but ” I Should Worry “,
a loose translation of it,
continued to be used
widely into the 1930’s.

Don’t get me wrong–
there were many social elitists
who absolutely hated it —

but, it was defended vigorously
by those who thought it
set just the right tone .

Actress Billie Burke
(Glinda, the Good Witch
in the ” Wizard Of Oz “)
is quoted as saying:

” I think the man who
invented the slang phrase,
I should worry‘ almost
deserves a Nobel prize.
The mere fact that almost
everybody in the
United States is saying
this little derisive sentence
over and over to themselves
daily is a sure sign that
a great many of them
will begin to understand
that worry is the most
foolish of all the unnecessary
things with which
women torture themselves. ”

— And —

Professor L. K. Hirshberg
of Johns Hopkins University
agreed with her completely;

He prescribed repeating
“I should worry”
fifty (50) times
daily, loudly and with
(increasing the dose
as needed),
as a cure for chronic worry.

I like the idea.

Today’s world
is even more
full of things
that will
drive you crazy
with worry if you let it.

So —
go ahead and
ask yourself :

” I Should Worry ?

!!!!!!! HOY !!!!!!!



2 thoughts on “I Should Worry

  1. Sold! I’m using it 🙄 Gilda the good witch convinced me. I’ll do whatever she says!

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