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Let’s do this

Friday 4th August 2017

A brief history of Labour’s new campaign slogan.

 

Under their new leader Jacinda Ardern, the Labour party today announced “let’s do this” would replace “a fresh approach” as the party’s campaign slogan. 

We took a look at where the phrase has been used before. 

THIS KORN SONG

According to this New York Times article, one of the earliest examples of using the phrase “let’s do this,” with the emphasis on the “do” can be found in metal band Korn’s 2003 song Let’s Do This Now

The chorus goes like this: 

Break you down
Mercy, I cannot allow
Through your face, my fist will plow
Watching as your blood pours down
Let's do this now

SEVERAL EPISODES OF TV SHOW 30 ROCK

Like this time when Liz Lemon picked up James Franco in da club: 

Also Pete’s nightmare: 

 

MILEY CYRUS AS HANNAH MONTANA

Chorus: 

Let's do this
Na na na na na na
(Uh huh uh huh)
Na na na na na na
(Let's do this)
Na na na na na na
(Uh huh uh huh)
Na na na na na na


THIS BABY MEME

SARAH PALIN
Saying “let’s do this mom,” two minutes into this interview: 
 

 

POSTSCRIPT

Grammar experts will point out that unless you’re a philistine, you won’t be able to hashtag let’s do this, because let's is a contraction and you can’t put an apostrophe in a hashtag.



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Susan Strongman is an Auckland-based journalist at The Wireless. She is interested in social issues, human rights and people, but likes to spend her spare time with her cats.
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