More about receipts
Receipts, in the phrase show me the receipts, as evidenced in jarrett hill and Tre’vell Anderson’s new book, Historically Black Phrases, out now from Ten Speed Press from Penguin Random House:
“Where is the proof?”
A defiant dare meant to encourage the spoken-to to prove their allegation. If the speaker is the person implicated in said allegation, they likely believe there is no verifiable proof and therefore are willing to stick their neck out to boldly demand proof.
When Tia and Tamera said they’d gone to finish their homework with Roger after school, Lisa wasn’t buying it. “Show me some receipts,” she said, waiting for this allegedly completed homework to come out of their backpacks.
ORIGIN OF RECEIPTS
- Receipts originated in Black English and spread to the mainstream most likely in 2002, when singer Whitney Houston demanded proof of an accusation in an interview by saying, “I want to see the receipts.”
- The phrase morphed into show me the receipts in the late 2000s, and was used more generally in the context of celebrity scandals and gossip.
- The singular noun receipt was first recorded in 1350–1400 from Middle English receite, which came either from Old French recete or directly from Medieval Latin recepta “money received, receipt, recipe,” from Latin recipere “to receive.”