"I'll Be Your Huckleberry"

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  1. rob82

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    Some fat bitch at the library right now has a bumper sticker that says this on her laptop. What does it mean?
     
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    MOTHERFUCKER someone has to know what this shit means. There's a picture of an old revolver next to it, too
     
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    I'm Your Huckleberry!

    by Lawson Stone


    On and off I hear discussions in which people speculate on the exact origin and meaning is of the quaint idiom used by Doc Holliday in the movie "Tombstone." I've heard some wild suggestions, including "huckleberry" meaning "pall-bearer" suggesting "I'll bury you."

    Still others think it has something to do with Mark Twain's character, Huckleberry Finn, and means "steadfast friend, pard." This is unlikely, since the book of that title was not written until 1883. Tom Sawyer was written in 1876, but nowhere there is the term "huckleberry" used to mean "steadfast friend" or the like.

    Still others claim that a victor's crown or wreath of huckleberry is involved, making the statement "I'm your huckleberry" something like "I'll beat you!" But no such reference can be found in the historical materials supporting the use of this term in 19th century America. Additionally, "huckleberry" was native to North America so it's unlikely it was used in ancient Britain as a prize!

    Solutions to such questions are actually very easy to find, since there are numerous dictionaries of the English language in its various periods, and there are dictionaries of English slang. These works simply cull from books, magazines, and newspapers of the period representative usages of the words to illustrate their meaning. I consulted several of these and found the expression to have a very interesting origin.

    "Huckleberry" was commonly used in the 1800's in conjunction with "persimmon" as a small unit of measure. "I'm a huckleberry over your persimmon" meant "I'm just a bit better than you." As a result, "huckleberry" came to denote idiomatically two things. First, it denoted a small unit of measure, a "tad," as it were, and a person who was a huckleberry could be a small, unimportant person--usually expressed ironically in mock self-depreciation. The second and more common usage came to mean, in the words of the "Dictionary of American Slang: Second Supplemented Edition" (Crowell, 1975):

    "A man; specif., the exact kind of man needed for a particular purpose. 1936: "Well, I'm your huckleberry, Mr. Haney." Tully, "Bruiser," 37. Since 1880, archaic.

    The "Historical Dictionary of American Slang" which is a multivolume work, has about a third of a column of citations documenting this meaning all through the latter 19th century.

    So "I'm your huckleberry" means "I'm just the man you're looking for!"

    Now ain't that a daisy!

    The "Daisy" comment is easier. In the late 19th century "daisy" was a common slang term for "the best in it's class." So for "daisy" just substitute "the best" and you'll have it. It was a short-lived idiom and doesn't seem to be popular much after 1890.
     
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    Its from that cowboy Tombstone Movie I thinkSchmoopy always says that line too:jj:. Its kind of like saying come at me bro.:coolc:
     
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    Fat bitch. Laptop. Bumper sticker. "I'll Be Your Huckleberry." Old style Western revolver.

    Someone has to know.
     
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    Oh, like, "I'll be your bitch if you can beat me" kind of thing?
     
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    So what the fuck is a huckleberry, exactly? Like a pushover, a chump?
     
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    she wants you to eat her out.
     
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    and why are you hogging at the library, homeless? I gotta get LHJ in here to teach you how to stalk wildebeasts in a proper setting. :facepalm:
     
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    Trying and failing to find motivation for school work, LL. Got three classes I ain't done shit in yet and Week 4 has just started, and I also just started a bartending school so I'm reviewing the drinks we learned today.
     
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    Jew cowboy. Fights Draculas.
     
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    omg


    The fat bitch has a daughter that's like in middle school.
     
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    are you getting hard?


    Do your SCHOOL WORK, DIPSHIT! Stop meatgazing at the single moms trying to make something better out of their children!
     
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    I'm too distracted right now, I'm gonna get to it in a sec. No, I'm not distracted by the beast before me, I'm just trying to get in the mood for schoolwork.
     
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    No. Saying "I'm your huckleberry" is like saying "I'm game".

    In "Tombstone" Johnny Ringo was looking for someone to have a shootout with. He asked if there was anyone who wanted to "play for blood".
    ...to which Doc (Val Kilmer) replied "I'm your huckleberry"... in a very sexy manor.
     
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    A manor, you say?

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