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'Man Up' has Long Been Part of the American Vernacular

When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden should “man up and come back to the United States,” he was using language that has long been a part of manly American vernacular.   From sports to politics, the term “man up” has been more than tossed around the locker room.   The term originally was a way to express the verb “to man” - as in to man the factory with enough manpower, according to a New York Times article on...

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