Posted by James Briggs on July 10, 2001
In Reply to: Up and Atom/Adam posted by Bob on July 10, 2001
: : This phrase appears in YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (which I am directing in a few months) and I was wondering if anyone knew
: : A) Which is correct - Up and Atom or Adam
: : and
: : B ) Where did it come from?
: : Thank you in advance for any help you can be!
: : ~Barry
: Up and at 'em. I.e., Get up and go after them, get going, rise and shine.
Originally the saying was:
"Up Guards and at 'em!" - presumably one of the Guards regiments.
We seem to have lost the first bit in modern day speech.