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Old 01-31-2012, 05:33 PM
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"Do me a solid" - does anyone actually say this?

I've been watching a US sitcom recently and the phrase "do me a solid", as in do me a favour, has been used several times. Has anyone had first hand experience of this being used in conversation? "Do me a solid" sounds like a command you give to a patient when requesting a stool sample.
Old 01-31-2012, 05:35 PM
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It was more popular back in the early 90's, if I recall. I used to say it occasionally; now I do sometimes just to be all nostalgic-like.
Old 01-31-2012, 05:36 PM
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I have heard it used in the US. Not very often, though. It may be regional.
Old 01-31-2012, 05:39 PM
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My ex says it. He means it to be in a throwback, Linc from Mod Squad kind of way.

He wouldn't say it in a business situation.
Old 01-31-2012, 05:39 PM
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I do. But then again, I saw that episode of Seinfeld too.
Old 01-31-2012, 05:40 PM
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Yes. It's what you say when you try to get someone to do you a favor you would never do for them.
Old 01-31-2012, 06:03 PM
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My kids say it - I think they got it from Adventure Time or Regular Show. I heard one say to the other just the other day "Hey, you do me a solid and keep being awesome." I think there were "finger guns" involved as well.
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:04 PM
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My kids say it - I think they got it from Adventure Time or Regular Show. I heard one say to the other just the other day "Hey, you do me a solid and keep being awesome." I think there were "finger guns" involved as well.
Yup - sounds like Cougar Town alright
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It's in semi-regular parlance in my social circle.
Old 01-31-2012, 06:18 PM
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I've only heard it on Seinfeld.
Old 01-31-2012, 06:36 PM
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I had only heard it on Regular Show, but my wife says she has heard it.
Old 01-31-2012, 07:19 PM
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Yup - sounds like Cougar Town alright
That was Regular Show allright. That episode was pretty funny actually.
Old 01-31-2012, 07:22 PM
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I say it sparingly, and it usually draws a laugh (and that's good when you're looking for someone to do you a favor).
Old 01-31-2012, 07:27 PM
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Well, shit - I live under a rock then. I don't recall any Seinfeld references, and I've never heard it get a laugh either. It's just a way of saying "Hey, I REALLY need a favor, and you're not gonna like it too much ..."

Which, come to think of it, could still be an aspect of the stool-sample scenario** in the OP.


** Say THAT five times fast!
Old 01-31-2012, 07:30 PM
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I had someone say it to me once. And then I told everyone I knew about him saying it and we all laughed. But in my defense, I did the favor.
Old 01-31-2012, 08:17 PM
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Bill Murray said it to David Letterman way back when. It was the first show after Letterman moved to CBS from NBC.

I remember this as though it happened yesterday, but don't ask me to recall my own cell phone number.


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Old 02-01-2012, 04:03 AM
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"Do me a solid" sounds like a command you give to a patient when requesting a stool sample.
I was looking for the Cyanide and Happiness comic that portrays this very thing, but they're blocked at work. No one says it in my social circles, but it does make me think of someone's asking for my leavings.
Old 02-01-2012, 04:06 AM
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I've heard people say it, so, yeah.
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The one and only time I recall hearing it was in The Incredibles. I must have seen the Seinfeld you're talking about, but I don't remember it.
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My kids say it - I think they got it from Adventure Time or Regular Show. I heard one say to the other just the other day "Hey, you do me a solid and keep being awesome." I think there were "finger guns" involved as well.
My 7-year-old says it, and I suspected one of these programs, which he lives for. It's pretty humorous coming from a cute little kid. Of course I now ask him to do me solids all the time: pick up your toys, put on your pants, stop shrieking at the top of your lungs, etc.
Old 02-01-2012, 12:16 PM
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I, too, associate it more with the 70s than the 90s.

Could those of you who remember it from Seinfeld do us a hard stool sample and remind us of which episode it's from?
Old 02-01-2012, 12:53 PM
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My kids picked it up from Regular Show as well (the episode was even titled "Do Me A Solid"). Regular Show has a whole 80s/early 90s vibe to it anyway despite taking place in "The Present" (most of the licensed music is from the 80s; although they have the internet and cell phones, the characters spend a lot of time watching VHS tapes and playing 8-bit video games and arcade cabinet games). Prior to that episode, I hadn't heard anyone say it since about 1992.
Old 02-01-2012, 01:03 PM
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I, too, associate it more with the 70s than the 90s.

Could those of you who remember it from Seinfeld do us a hard stool sample and remind us of which episode it's from?
Kramer: Hey Jerry, can you do me a solid?
Jerry: What kind of solid? [or something like that]
Kramer: I need you to sit in my car while I'm double parked. I have to pick up some birds!
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On a similar note, have you heard anyone besides Winnebago Man say, "Would you do me a kindness" ?
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Kramer: Hey Jerry, can you do me a solid?
Jerry: What kind of solid? [or something like that]
Kramer: I need you to sit in my car while I'm double parked. I have to pick up some birds!
Was that the one where he was coaching the Miss USA contestant?
Old 02-01-2012, 01:24 PM
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No it was actually the one where Jerry and George ate dinner with Elaine's dad and Jerry had to turn his suede jacket inside out because it was snowing. Kramer was picking up some birds from a magician friend of his who was out of town.

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Old 02-01-2012, 01:25 PM
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My cousins and I use it - to signify a really big "only because you are family" kind of a favor. Obviously, it doesn't come up often, but yeah. They are from Detroit, could be a local thing. I use it with other people, and they always know what it means, but I've never heard anyone from DC Metro use it spontaneously.
Old 02-01-2012, 01:41 PM
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My kids say it - I think they got it from Adventure Time or Regular Show.
It's Regular Show. There's an entire episode that revolves around Rigby forcing Mordecai to do him an increasingly extreme series of solids.

Of course, Regular Show has a strong 90's slacker vibe to it, so it's entirely appropriate that they'd build an entire show around a retro expression.
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Am I the only one who thinks this is an early 70's retro? Somebody mentioned "Mod Squad" - I'm thinking "Sanford and Son."
Old 02-01-2012, 02:30 PM
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Yeah, I've heard it and continue to hear it. Not anywhere near as often as 'do me a favor' but often enough. Mostly my older relatives.
Old 02-01-2012, 02:39 PM
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Do me a hard stool sample! I love it! This should be the next big american phrase.
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I have never in my life heard this expression.

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Old 02-01-2012, 07:50 PM
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I say that.
Old 02-01-2012, 10:31 PM
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:40 PM
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It always sounded vaguely poo-related to me.
Old 02-01-2012, 10:47 PM
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I've never heard of the Regular Show...but it sounds vaguely elderly-people-bathroom-related, so I guess it fits.
Old 01-31-2016, 12:07 PM
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Do me a solid

It's been around a long time been using it since the 70s
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It's been around a long time ...
Indeed.
Old 01-31-2016, 01:03 PM
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I say it, but more often when describing a favor someone did me than ehen asking for a favor. I think it's my way of conveying my gratitude ("Suzie did me a serious solid when I forgot my wallet and couldn't cover lunch")
Old 01-31-2016, 03:29 PM
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I often hear it referring to someone else - "He was trying to do you a solid and you just blew him off."
Old 01-31-2016, 04:27 PM
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Seems to be "musician lingo." Google's Ngram viewer has it first showing up in the late 1950s, daddio. A writer on Quora posted in 2014:

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So the best answer seems to be it came from musician slang, in an era when similar terms "heavy" and "stone" (as in "stone cold" or "stone fox") also meant something good. The sense of "be a solid individual and do this for me" is clear.
Old 01-31-2016, 05:28 PM
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I've only heard people say in on TV shows/movies. It came up a lot in the Stephen King mini-series Kingdom Hospital. One of the characters was fond of "I do you a solid, and you do me a solid."
Old 01-31-2016, 05:51 PM
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"Do me a solid" - does anyone actually say this?

Only if they're a Geometry teacher.
Old 01-31-2016, 11:35 PM
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Hey, do me a squishy and clean up the dog spew.

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Old 02-01-2016, 12:09 AM
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I hear it in real life, but as in "he did me a solid!" and not as a "request for a solid"
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(Yes, I know it's a slightly older thread). I don't think I've ever heard it on any of the TV shows mentioned, only in real life and occasionally on local radio. I've heard it both ways, as in asking for someone for help "hey, can you do me a solid" and as a way of describing someone doing you a big favor, as in "he did me a solid." I'm not entirely sure whether I use this phrase myself or not. I believe I do, but it's not a usual part of my lexicon. But I still hear it from time to time and it's not anything that sounds weird. I don't remember hearing this expression much myself until probably the late 90s, early 00s.
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I say it sometimes.

Without Googling, if I were to guess why solid is being used in this manner-- I would think it stemmed from the word solidarity, somehow.
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