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The Daily Review “hit the ground running” in 1931

According to an article in the Boston Globe, your hometown paper coined the cliche “hit the ground running,” which the Globe maintains is being tossed around way too much these days. The article states:

The Phrase Finder takes it back to a slightly incoherent editorial observation in the Hayward (Calif.) Daily Review, in 1940, about the eagerness of fledgling journalists: “It sometimes seems to me that the young idea nowadays wants to hit the ground running and to tell the old editors how to run things.”

I suspect that the same anonymous editor had been on the job for at least a decade. In 1938, the editorial column observed that journalism schools “seem to encourage young people to . . . hit the ground running, upon graduation, with a column in hand.”

And in 1931, when Reno’s new law made it a quickie divorce destination, the Review editorial column reported that “One woman was in such a rush to get her decree that she hit the ground running in the morning . . . simply going to court in her pajamas.”

Eric Kurhi