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Old 06-09-2004, 12:12 PM
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"You and whose army?"

"You and whose army?" What does this expression mean, how is it used and where did it originate? Is it a UK thing only?
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Old 06-09-2004, 12:20 PM
TellMeI'mNotCrazy TellMeI'mNotCrazy is offline
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Well, when I say it (and I'm not in the UK), it's generally in this type of context:

Brother: I'd have kicked his ass.
Me: Yeah? You and what army?

Meaning, he couldn't possibly do it on his own, so what army does he plan on having back him up?

Etymology I have no clue on.
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Old 06-09-2004, 12:21 PM
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Not only a UK thing, I hear it in the US.

Normally in the following exchange:

Tough Guy #1: "I'm gonna kick your ass all over this bar!"
Tough Guy #2: "Oh yeah? You and what/whose Army?"

Implying TG#1 would in no way be able to harm TG#2 without many trained reinforcements.
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Old 06-09-2004, 12:35 PM
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I always heard it as, "Oh, yeah—you and what man's army?"
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Old 06-09-2004, 12:40 PM
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For some odd reason, I find the similarities between my post and UncleBill's astonishingly funny.

I need a nap.
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Old 06-09-2004, 12:53 PM
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There is a famous quote "How many divisions does the Pope have?" that falls into this context. I've seen it mostly attributed to Stalin, but also to Napolean and Frederick the Great. I suppose the idea of needing an army for support goes a long way back.
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Old 06-09-2004, 01:03 PM
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This is along the same lines as bring your lunch.
Other guy "I'm gonna kick your ass"
You, "You had better bring your lunch, it might take awhile."
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Old 06-09-2004, 01:06 PM
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For some odd reason, I find the similarities between my post and UncleBill's astonishingly funny.

I need a nap.
You are Crazy.
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Old 06-09-2004, 01:11 PM
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I'm pretty tall, so I had a different version.

Carey Jakes: I oughta kick your ass.

Nott: You and whose stepladder?
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Old 06-09-2004, 02:55 PM
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I always answer this with "The Army of the Potomic!".

I'm wierd that way.
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Old 06-09-2004, 03:40 PM
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Growing up, our stock anwer to this question would be "The Girl Scouts".
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Old 06-10-2004, 11:00 PM
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Growing up, our stock anwer to this question would be "The Girl Scouts".
Ours was "the salvation army."
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Old 06-11-2004, 12:46 AM
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Its a saying that implies that someone doesnt have the 'contacts' to go through with a plan, scheme, or act.

Either that, or, they won't support him.
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Old 06-11-2004, 08:13 AM
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Is it a UK thing only?
Didn't even know it was used in the UK. To me it always sounds better in a fake Brooklyn accent.
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Old 06-11-2004, 10:11 AM
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The stock answer to "you and whose army?" when I was growing up was "me and my army, the one up my sleevey".
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Old 06-11-2004, 11:33 AM
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To me it always sounds better in a fake Brooklyn accent.
I'm not big on US accents. In my head I'm hearing "Yoo and hoose oimy?"

Is that the kind of thing?
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Old 06-11-2004, 12:10 PM
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More like "Yoo 'n hoose awmy?" I'd say.
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Old 06-11-2004, 12:26 PM
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As for Brooklyn accents, Webster's http://www.websters-online-dictionar...ac/accent.html

says that Bugs Bunny was given a Brooklyn accent.

For a more genuine one, go to http://www.transom.org/shows/2004/200402_salt.html

Find the show "Laid Off", and listen to Tony talk.
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Old 06-11-2004, 12:28 PM
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Think Travolta in Saturday Night Fever or Deniro in Analyze This.
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Old 06-11-2004, 12:46 PM
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I found a kid in a 1952 US comic strip using it to sass his grandmother. So I got you back that far at least.

BTW, his grandmother didn't need any help, as the last panel showed.
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