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08 October, 2008

I'm Just Part of the Gotcha Media with their concern about words


The other night, Susan and I were having a discussion about McCain and Palin and their liberal use of the word maverick.

I said that I rather resented the use of Maury Maverick's name by a couple of right-wing nuts. After all, among liberal Texans, especially liberal San Antonians, Maverick is a name that evokes some of the finest memories.

Susan hastened to inform me that a maverick is an unbranded cow or horse.

Yes, I said, but I'm sure it comes from the name Maverick first--at least that's what I've always heard.

Since all of this was pillow talk (aren't you guys jealous?), I waited until morning to look it up.

It turns out that we were both right and both a little bit off.

The word maverick does indeed stem from the men of the Maverick clan, but it comes from Samuel Maverick (Maury's grandfather) who was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and a great liberal who, by the way, didn't brand his cattle. So an unbranded cow was often called Maverick's.

But just as I was getting ready to do some research about the Mavericks and write a scathing post, Charles Karel Bouley at Huffington beat me to it.

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18 Comments:

Blogger Laura/CenterDownHome said...

Thanks for posting that, Professor J. I didn't know anything about the Maverick family. I love that they are screaming liberals!

I posted the "Maverick" TeeVee theme song on my blog the day after the Biden/Palin debates. James Garner is a screaming liberal, too, you know. :)
http://tinyurl.com/4uxolm

October 8, 2008 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Maver . . . pillow talk, huh, wha, oh, maverick, uh, whatever.

Yay for pillow talk!

October 8, 2008 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Mrs. G. said...

Now define Joe Sixpack.

October 8, 2008 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Professor J said...

I do believe that Minnesota Matron has defined it for us.

October 8, 2008 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Ginaagain said...

Thank you so much for this! My kids were asking me what "maverick" means and the dictionary simple said "a wild unbranded animal". They thought that was funny enough but they will love this one.

October 8, 2008 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger so NOT cool said...

Oooh, what a GREAT article (and topic in general); Thanks so much for sharing that link.

October 9, 2008 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

My friends, I'm going to check the article out now.

October 9, 2008 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Pearl C. Pritchard said...

BWHAHAHAHAH -- "MY FRIENDS" (from Jenn@ Juggling life)

Gawd. If I hear him say "my friends" one more time I really AM going to throw up.

October 10, 2008 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Scout said...

Yep, and the true Maverick family has disowned the pretend mavericks.

October 13, 2008 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger phd in yogurtry said...

I knew it had something to do with an old Texan who didn't brand his cattle. But you help defuzzy my memory. Thanks!

October 14, 2008 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Jozet at Halushki said...

Maverick is also Madonna's record label.

Erum.

Yeah...I had nothing good to add to the conversation.

Hey! I can see Portugal from my house!

October 14, 2008 at 11:16 PM  
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October 19, 2008 at 5:00 PM  
Anonymous apathy lounge said...

Why has it taken me this long to put together the word with its real meaning? And I live in the same state you do!!

October 19, 2008 at 10:22 PM  
Anonymous O' Mama said...

A Maverick family member was recently quoted (and I bet it's in the Slate mag, no, it's at fivethirtyeight.com) denouncing Mr. McCain as Not a Maverick, as he's clearly branded!

October 20, 2008 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger mental mosaic said...

Thanks for the history lesson, Prof J. I'm a sucker for etymology, I tell you!

I attended a party last night and shared this newfound tidbit with a few folks.

Thanks for making me look so good! :)

~Tui

November 3, 2008 at 1:02 AM  
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