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Entry from September 28, 2011
“Them that has, gets”

"Them that has, gits” was mentioned in a Boston (MA) Record anecdote in 1885. Two women were chatting, and one said that the Biblical Sarah was left a lot of money. The other woman declared, “The Bible never said a truer thing than ‘them that has gits!’”

“Them That Has, Gets” was the title of a 1940s song performed by the Andrews Sisters. The saying is still used by those who hold that the rich get richer.


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April 1886, The Australian Journal, pg. 452, col. 2:
PERHAPS the revision of the Bible was unnecessary after all. The historian is impelled to this reflection by a sage remark which was uttered in his hearing in a tram-car the other day. On the opposite side of the car were two women, who were talking rather loudly. Said one:—“Did you know Sarah had had another lot of money left her by her cousin’s will?” “Law me!” exclaimed the other one; “the Bible never said a truer thing than ‘them that has gits!’”
(This is also in the November 25, 1885 San Francisco Bulletin, where it was credited to the Boston Record—ed.)

30 May 1886, Trenton (NJ) Evening Times, “The Kentucky Derby,” pg. 5, col. 3:
“Them that has, gits, the Bible says,” remarked a devout old lady.

22 September 1892, Jackson (MI) Citizen Patriot, “The First American Immigrants,” pg. 4, col. 3:
Thus again was verified Miss Snifkin’s scripture quotation, “Them that has gits.”

3 April 1895, The Repository (Canton, OH), pg. 4, col. 4:
Joe Jefferson’s Luck.
Joseph Jefferson has struck bedrock salt. “Them that has gits.”—Boston Journal.

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David Harum:
A story of American life

By Edward Noyes Westcott
New York, NY: D. Appleton and Co.
1898
Pg. 299:
“The’ ain’t nothin’ truer in the Bible,” declared Mrs. Bixbee with conviction, “‘n that sayin’ thet them that has gits.”

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10 February 1902, American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record, pg. 79, col. 2:
A LETTER recently received affords another illustration of the scriptural adage which the late Bill Nye paraphrased as: “Them that has gets.”

3 March 1903, Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times, pg. 4, col. 3:
Mr.W.W. Astor gets $467,974 in a single check from NewYork city for a lot taken on the water front. As they quote the Bible in Kentucky, “Them that has, gits.”

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October 1903, Everybody’s Magazine, pg. 538, col. 2:
...or it may be family and social strength: whatever it is, it is this margin that counts at the crisis when the choice is to be made; it is the everlasting law that “to him that hath shall be given,” or as David Harum said, “them that has, gets.”

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May 1911, The Carpenter, pg. 4, col. 1:
The fellow that originated the old saying that “Them that has gets” knew what he was talking about and no mistake.

OCLC WorldCat record
THEM THAT HAS-GETS
Author: Freddie Slack; Don Raye; Gene De Paul; Andrews sisters.
Publisher: S.l. : s.n., 1949 (DL)
Edition/Format:  Music : 78 rpm

OCLC WorldCat record
Them That Has, Gits.
Author: Arnold Meadow
Edition/Format:  Article : English
Publication: PsycCRITIQUES, v13 n11 (1968)
Database: CrossRef

OCLC WorldCat record
Them that has, gets : the 2007 federal budget and major intergovernmental transfers
Author: Joe Ruggeri; Caledon Institute of Social Policy.
Publisher: Ottawa, Ont. : Caledon Institute of Social Policy, ©2007.
Edition/Format:  eBook : Document : English

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