Your big-boy pants

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Sat Jun 14 18:19:04 UTC 2014

I first started noticing "put on your BBP" during the Super Bowl this
year, when one or two of the commentators kept using it. I did some
research on it a while back, and the earliest example I found (aside
from examples from actual parenting and potty-training advice) was this:

      1.Hurlyburly: And, Those the River Keeps : Two Plays

David Rabe
- 1995 - ?Preview
- ?More editions

It's time to drink from a glass and wear /big-boy pants/, Susie. Grow up
and throw Phil out! Do you understand me? SUSIE: Is that what you want?
You want me to just casually throw my marriage out the window.


On 6/13/2014 8:32 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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> Philip Mudd, ex-CIA analyst, on CNN re Bergdahl:
> "As I said in the past, you gotta strap your big-boy pants on, 'cause there
> ain't no good decisions!"
> SWAG: suggested by the checked pants of the Big Boy Restaurant Big Boy.
> And "You're a big boy now."
> 271,000 raw hits for "your big boy pants on."
> JL
> --
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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