From the Desk of Eric Partridge

“An exclamation of apology when two people collide, or when one accidently enters a room where another is dressing.” Since circa 1930.

Paul Beale, ed. Partridge’s Concise Dictionary of SLANG and unconventional ENGLISH from the work of Eric Partridge, New York, Macmillan Publishing Company, 1984, page 316.

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