March 20, 2004

Cowboy up

There’s a line in the thinking-man’s action flick, Tears of the Sun, where Bruce Willis’s character tells Sammi Rotibi’s Arthur Azuka to “…cowboy the f* up…”

I’ve wondered what that meant. As someone who’s studied the American special ops community since middle school, I thought I had something of a grasp on most of the lingo used, but this one was new to me. A Google search revealed that the term “cowboy up” comes from the rodeo circuit (and recently co-opted by the Boston Red Sox, who will use anything in their repeated pathetic attempts to beat the Yankees).

semantics etc.
Slang City
Contra Costa Times

Posted by retrophisch at March 20, 2004 12:20 AM | TrackBack
Hey, I resent the term "pathetic." Quixotic perhaps. Or maybe "epic struggle against the forces of evil." But not "pathetic." :-) Posted by: Eric Blair on March 21, 2004 03:59 PM
Agreed, Eric. Posted by: Michael Tsai on April 5, 2004 09:35 AM
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