"Man up" pops up in 1961

Evan Morris words1 at WORD-DETECTIVE.COM
Thu Nov 24 04:36:38 UTC 2011

On page 321 of Stephen King's best-selling novel 11/22/63, we find, in a
scene set in 1961:

He grinned. "Bobbi Jill's behind me a thousand percent. Says to man up
and stop letting those other guys get my goat."

Well, it is a time-travel story.

(I am not actually reading said book, but my wife is.)


Evan Morris
words1 at word-detective.com

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