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I often hear the "Did not! - Did too!" in TV series and films.

I know perfectly well what it means but why is it the word "too"?

As best as we know "too" stands instead of "indeed/so" and implies an affirmative statement! It's much shorter to use in spoken English!

I believe it is an idiom of some kind but I couldn't find it!

Example:

Brother: Mom, Linda kissed a boy at school today!
Sister: Did not!
Brother: Did too!

  • Can you provide a little more context in which you've heard this phrase? – CinCout Dec 9 '16 at 14:34
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    I believe something similar was asked recently, but I can't recall which question. I too would like to know if there is a reason for this idiom. – Andrew Dec 9 '16 at 14:58
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    @J.R. Really? Then there's a million questions here that aren't supposed to be here. Since most of them can be answered by googling for examples. You can certainly find answers on other resources. I'm not confident in the way you proper us to ask something. Maybe I've heard that in a movie ten years ago, can't I ask? What if I've seen a sign somewhere and don't remember where, shouldn't I ask then? – SovereignSun Dec 12 '16 at 10:25
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    I’m not trying to be rude, either. I’m just trying to help you understand how you can turn a mediocre question into a good one: by taking the time to provide an example or two, making sure people understand exactly what you’re asking and not just guessing and hoping they are right. A reminder from our Help Center: "Remember to make an effort to research your question before posting it, and be sure to add as much detail as you can when explaining your problem.” – J.R. Dec 12 '16 at 10:44
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    Sov - Precisely. The way the Stack Exchange is suppose to work is this: You share what research you performed, telling us what you found, and then you ask your question in a way that the community can help you figure out the rest. – J.R. Dec 12 '16 at 11:47
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"Did too" is an American slang for "Yes, you did".

Since it is shorter (hence quicker to say), people tend to use it in arguments (as in the example you gave).

Source

EDIT:

Regarding OP's question

"Why exactly the word 'too'?"

The phrase "Did too" is a slang (informal language commonly used in speech than writing). It doesn't make sense to debate why a specific word was chosen/used over the other.

  • But why is it exactly the word "too"? Why not "Did do"? – SovereignSun Dec 9 '16 at 14:48
  • Thanks, but I can find such sources myself. – SovereignSun Dec 9 '16 at 14:48
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    @SovereignSun - "too" just means something like "indeed", as you point out. "Did do" sounds very strange, perhaps because the fuller version is "You did too kiss him", so I can't see how "do" would work as a replacement in there. – stangdon Dec 9 '16 at 18:08
  • @stangdon 'too' in most cases means 'also', 'as well'. So it sounds as if she kissed the boy also. While 'do' emphasizes the action. You did do kiss him, don't lie. – SovereignSun Dec 10 '16 at 6:59
  • @SovereignSun - Except that "You did do kiss him" is wildly incorrect. You could say "You did do that" or "You did kiss him", but you can't string together three verbs in a row. It looks like you are looking for a dictionary definition for "too" in "You did too." The best thing I can point to is "4. (used as an affirmative to contradict a negative statement): I am too!" It's idiomatic. That's just the way it is. – stangdon Dec 10 '16 at 17:14

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