highbob at MINDSPRING.COM
Mon Feb 21 21:26:50 UTC 2000
Good ear, Greg. That might be why the second use of "cowboy up" seemed to
particularly catch my ear. Cool. And I suppose you might be right about
COPS and cowboy up, but I would not be able to find out. I'd have to cowboy
up myself, as I've only been able to watch COPS long enough to know that I
cannot watch it. Too much pain and misery . . . concentrated.
> From: Greg Pulliam <pulliam at IIT.EDU>
> Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 14:36:58 -0600
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: cowboy up
> Actually, Bob, this was the second use of the term _cowboy up_ in
> that episode. The first instance was just after the sketch artist
> was killed, about 25 minutes in.
> I agree--a great episode of this often-inspired show.
> I suspect if I watched COPS more often than I do (which is never), I
> might hear "cowboy up" more often.
> At 7:17 AM -0500 2/21/00, Bob Haas wrote:
>> To be more specific, Mulder tells a sheriff's deputy, locked in a room and
>> battling a monster that feeds on fear, to "cowboy up," which implies that he
>> needed to be brave, since that would defeat the monster. Instead, the
>> deputy is saved by the rising sun.
>> A truly inspired episode, at one point in the scene mentioned, Mulder
>> whispers intently to the deputy, "We've got the TV folks out here," or
>> something close to that in an attempt to shame the deputy to open the door.
>> Very dark and very funny.
>>> From: Greg Pulliam <pulliam at IIT.EDU>
>>> Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>>> Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 00:48:48 -0600
>>> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>>> Subject: cowboy up
>>> The X-Files on Sunday night had a crossover episode with Cops. At
>>> one point, after someone is killed, one of the cops said something to
>>> the effect of, "Times like this, you gotta cowboy up, give 150%,
>>> catch the bad guys."
>>> greg at pulliam.org
> greg at pulliam.org
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