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    it went fritz

    Where does the expression

    "it went on the fritz"

    come from? Is it English or American?

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    Re: it went fritz

    When something goes "on the fritz," it means it isn't working.

    Let's watch TV.
    Sorry, it's on the fritz.

    The origin is unknown, but it is understood by most Americans.
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    Re: it went fritz

    I thought it was WWII AmE based on incorrect German, comparable to FLAK, Kraut, Geesha, etc.

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    Re: it went fritz

    The term was used as far back as 1902, so that time frame does not fit.

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