I can see how you might think Al Franken had coined the expression if you had never heard it before, but it was an expression my mother when I was growing up -- and she died in 1984.
When Al picked up the tab for dinner he joked about me being a tightwad; I felt bad because I figured he was probably kidding on the square.
作者 PaulDee 2004年3月24日
joking, but also meaning it
作者 Anonymous 2003年11月09日
A Frankenism, meaning joking, but really meaning it.
Nick: Hey, Frank, how's the wife treatin' ya?
Frank: Fuck you, Nick.
Nick: Kidding on the square, Frank!
作者 Dorian Black 2005年6月08日

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