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Posted By: Will Fly
13-Apr-11 - 05:51 AM
Thread Name: 'Round The Horne' - laughter hurts!
Subject: RE: 'Round The Horne' - laughter hurts!
Wikipedia:

The earliest known use of the term in print occurred on January 22, 1985 when Jim Spencer wrote in the Chicago Tribune "Furthermore, colored briefs are 'sleazy' and going without underwear ("going commando", as they say on campus) is simply gross." A 1996 episode of the television sitcom Friends, "The One Where No One's Ready", has been credited with introducing the term "into the popular vernacular."

May have originated verbally in the Vietnam War.