sack up

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Mar 24 16:18:19 UTC 2013

On Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:43 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> Grant found this in 2004. Here's an antedating and a mainstream appearance.
> 2003 (July 28): To gather up one's courage for a
> daunting task. _Sargeant Bohannon shrieked at Private Entwhistle, "Sack up,
> you panty-wearing dipstick...bayonet practice may save your
> lunge, thrust, stick and twist...repeat..._
> 2013 Teddy Wayne, in _New Yorker_ (Mar. 28) 51: He's slumped over his desk,
> feeling sorry for himself. "Sack up, junior!" I boom.

Grant's Double-Tongued entry actually had cites back to 1994 (now antedated by
Hugo's 1993 Usenet cite elsethread). Since Grant folded the Double-Tongued
material into, the definition is separated from the cites,
making it harder to piece together:

Internet Archive still has the full Double-Tongued entry complete with cites:

I mentioned Grant's work on this and "nut up" in my On Language column on "man


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