to "course-correct"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Oct 5 16:32:41 UTC 2011

On Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 11:57 AM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
> On Oct 4, 2011, at 6:56 AM, Charlie Doyle wrote:
> > Just yesterday I heard, "Well, he finally man upped."
> moderate number of hits for the externalized version ("man upped", "man upping").
> not surprising, given the character of "man up" as a fixed idiom.

I neglected to cover these forms in my treatment of "man up" last year:

But I did talk about "big-upped"/"big-upping" in this OUPblog post:


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