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Although this song is clearly in earnest, the phrase or saying, all my eye and Betty Martin meaning that something is total and complete nonsense. The, the phrase was clearly well established and well-known since the 1780s. The origins of the phrase are unknown except that Betty Martin was pretty obviously tacked on to the end of the existing all my eye (in similar vein, Londoners later created all my eye and elbow, all my eye and grandmother, and all my eye and Tommy, among others, as well as shortening it to the exclamation my eye! [i]. [i] Quinion, Michael. World Wide Words http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-all3.htm

 

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