A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 01, 2013
“I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you.”

"I didn’t say it was your fault—I said I was going to blame you” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many gift items, such as posters and T-shirts. The saying is what a boss might say to a low-level employee when a scapegoat is needed.

“I didn’t say it was your fault i said i was going to blame you” was cited on LiveJournal in February 2004.  In March 2004, this saying was included in a list of “Things you’d like to say at work but can’t.”


LiveJournal
sourbutsweet wrote,
2004-02-09 17:47:00
I didn’t say it was your fault i said i was going to blame you
well thats my darling brother’s outlook on life

Google Groups: rec.crafts.beads
The OT: Things you’d like to say at work but can’t
DreamBeadr
3/6/04
(...)
39. I didn’t say it was your fault.  I said I was going to blame you.

LiveJournal
Meagan (meggyb87) wrote,
2004-08-06 10:28:00
I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was going to blame you rasberry
So yes!

Google Books
Oxymorons and Other Contradictions
By Wrong Way
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2005
Pg. 21:
I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you.

Twitter
Debbie Lynn Butler‏
@DebbieLynnAVA
RT @waynemansfield: Laugh a Day: I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you. see more of life at http://is.gd/hexi
4:57 AM - 18 Mar 09

Twitter
Traffic Machine‏
@TraffMach
I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you.  http://bit.ly/uXKh8
5:16 AM - 23 Apr 09

The Telegraph (UK)
Seattle: A guide to the West Coast US city
Seattle has nurtured Starbucks and Microsoft – and a fiercely independent attitude, says Mark Jones.

By Mark Jones
11:24AM GMT 08 Nov 2010
(...)
Talking of inexplicable tourist pursuits, I found I developed a thing for Seattle T-shirt shops. You wouldn’t normally go to such places for an instant guide to the genius of a place apart, but Seattle T-shirts are cutting little essays in attitude: “I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you”, said one slogan.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Thursday, August 01, 2013 • Permalink