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Lilly
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« on: December 07, 2002, 03:00:54 PM »

I can't make out a word Clint says during In The Line Of Fire.  When he and Al are in Al's car and Al breaks down and says he wants to quit working for the Secret Service because he can't take it anymore, Horrigan says something like "quit this SOMETHING sh*t will ya?".  Can anyone please tell me what the "something" is?  It's a word beginning with letter 'c' I think.  Maybe it's American English or maybe I'm being dense, but I don't know the word!   ???
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2002, 03:41:34 PM »

Cockamamie.  8)

c@ck·a·ma·mie also c@ck·a·ma·my

adj. Slang
Trifling; nearly valueless.
Ludicrous; nonsensical: gave me a cockamamie reason for not going.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by the Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

It's a word your generation has yet to embrace ...  ;)

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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2002, 04:17:40 PM »

don't look for cockamamie to make a comeback anytime soon, kc. i think it went the way of words like gosh darn-it or  aw,shucks. exactly how old are you kc? ;D
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2002, 04:23:46 PM »

don't look for cockamamie to make a comeback anytime soon
Aw, shucks, that's too bad. :'(

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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2002, 07:17:02 PM »

In my house growing up, "cockamamie" was just the word that always came before "bullsh!t".   There's a certain rhythmic flow to it... C0CKaMAMIE-BULLsh!t.

I've always found that scene really funny... probably because as much as I've heard the word growing up... I really can't recall ever having spoken it. ::)

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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2002, 07:27:59 PM »

There's even a George Harrison song called "C0ckamamie Business". I didn't realize it was an archaic term in some circles.
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2002, 08:13:27 PM »

Hey thank you, all you guys for being so helpful.  What interesting things one learns on this web board!  I guess use of cockamamie must be restricted to your side of the Atlantic, cos I don't think I've heard it before (or maybe I'm just too young and innocent to know better, not like wise old KC!  ;)).  Now I know how to spell the word, I did a Google search and found out about it's etymology here on word-detective.com, which even mentions In The Line Of Fire.  I guess jazz isn't the only minority interest Clint is helping to keep alive!  

Apparently Jennifer Trynin has also released an album called Cockamamie, with guess who, our old friends Warner Bros Records.  

Cheers again, now I'll be able to enjoy that scene again, and actually understand it!   :)
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