The saying has been cited in print since at least the December 1907 Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer.
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No one goes there any more; it's too crowded.
The Yale Book of Quotations
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"They were talking about a certain hangout and Johnny said, 'Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.'"
New Yorker, 10 Feb. 1943. Often erroneously attributed to Yogi Berra. An earlier version, attributed to a "flutterbrained cutie Suzanna Ridgeway," appeared in the Helena Independent, 10 Sept. 1941 ("Now I know why nobody ever comes here; it's too crowded").
19 December 1907, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, "Here and There," pg. 8:
Clear But Confusing
She -- "Oh, don't go there on Saturday; it's so frightfully crowded. Nobody goes there then!"
25 March 1908, Indiana (PA) Weekly Messenger, pg. 6, col. 3:
Clear, but Confusing.
She -- Oh, don't go there on Saturday. It's so frightfully crowded. Nobody goes there then. -- Philadelphia Inquirer.
This place on Third Avenue:
The New York stories of John McNulty
By John McNulty; Edited by Faith McNulty
Washington, DC: Counterpoint
Johnny, one of the backmen outside, put the whole thing in a nutshell one night when they were talking about a certain hangout and Johnny said, "Nobody goes there any more. It's too crowded."
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