WUXTRA ! WUXTRA!: "hike down," "man up"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 2 20:30:25 UTC 2006

Maybe "commando" has somethig to do with, or is inspired by, the
masculine reference, "go commando," meaning not to wear any underwear
below the waist. A WAG is that this is, in turn, inspired by the fact
that the lack of undies makes it easy to determine by sight or by a
light touch whether a man has "pitched a tent."

I think that "go commando" is as old as "Seinfeld." I've heard "pitch
a tent" used by women on late-night dating shows - "I love it when I
can make a guy pitch a tent" - over the past couple or three years, at


On 12/2/06, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
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> Fox's Alisyn Camerata on the Britney photos (there are at least two of them): "She doesn't appear to be trying to hike her skirt down."
>   Fox's Kelly Wright, upbraiding notably inarticulate photographer Edwin Merino for his "lack of responsibility in releasing these photos" which could encourage going commando by the bimbo masses: "But come on, man up, where's the responsibility here? Didn't you think that [etc., etc.]?"
>   UrbanDictionary.com has "man up" back to 2002. It's hard to search for.
>   Observers noted that the BRITNEY COMMANDO! caption was unaccompanied by glossarial interpretation.
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