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The Phrase Finder has the story. The earliest documented usage dates back to the 17th century and refers to religious medieval concepts: The evil and malevolent aspect of human personality or society, often referred to in a lighthearted or comic context. Origin The dark sideThe wide adoption of the term 'The Dark Side' certainly came ...


A quick check on Google Books shows a number of books, containing the phrase "the dark side", from the 19th Century. Including "The Dark Side of Trial By Jury" and "The Dark Side of Wesleyanism and Gratitude for Divine Election" so it certainly existed in the context of a metaphor for evil or bad things a long time before Star Wars.


The origin of uh-oh can be deduced/ understood if one reads the entry "oh, oh" in the revised and updated version of OED (2004), where that particular written form is not recorded even as a variant. The interjection is first recorded in the XVI century (1569) expressing surprise with negative (pain, distress, regret, surprise, disapproval) or positive ...

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