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Phrase origins

I could tell you about orientation in Canterbury, a trip to the Good's Shed, dinner with ladymoonray and swisstone somewhere in the countryside near Tonbridge, or all about today's adventures with water and wood, but instead (and it being late), I have a question from printperson to pass on:

What is the origin of the phrase "Kill them before they multiply”?

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moon_custafer
Sep. 19th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Um... an exasperated elementary-school math teacher? ; )
whatifoundthere
Sep. 19th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
Is this a trick question? It seems like a paraphrase of Exodus 1 to me, but maybe I'm missing something obvious.
owlfish
Sep. 19th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
It's not a trick question. Exodus 1.10, I see. Thank you!
a_d_medievalist
Sep. 19th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
it's not sf?
owlfish
Sep. 19th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
Questions from printperson aren't usually. (But that doesn't mean there aren't good canonical examples of this phrase in there somewhere.)
printperson
Sep. 19th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
I really would like to know the source. It's not a trick question.
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