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Old 07-30-2022, 03:22 PM
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Ever heard this before? Several of us on the Puzzles board mentioned this saying in Phrazle today was new to us! I Googled it and it's from a Doc Holiday movie, Tombstone. And it's also apparently in a song?


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Old 07-30-2022, 03:39 PM
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Supposedly, in the lore surrounding Wyatt Earp, Doc Hoiliday said this to Earp meaning,
I've got your back, you can count on me.

I've never heard it in a song.
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It has its origins in old England,
Old 07-30-2022, 04:46 PM
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apparently. I've heard it used on older shows, like Andy Griffith.
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Old 07-30-2022, 04:57 PM
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It means, essentially, "I'm the right person for this job." Tombstone is actually mostly about Wyatt Earp but the phrase is said by Doc Holliday. (One of my favorite movies.) Toby Keith recorded a song called Huckleberry using the same phrase. There are a number of theories about where the phrase originated.
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Old 07-30-2022, 06:08 PM
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I can hear this line in Val Kilmer voice!


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Old 07-30-2022, 07:29 PM
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New to me. So is the PM puzzle.
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Old 07-30-2022, 08:22 PM
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I have seen the movie Tombstone so many times that I heard Val Kilmer's voice when I read the title of your post, and I can literally quote it along with the actors anytime we watch it. (That's what happens when you live in a house full of men- DH/4 sons.)
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Old 07-30-2022, 09:17 PM
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Any time I hear the word huckleberry, I think of Moon River's lyrics:

Two drifters, off to see the world
There's such a lot of world to see
We're after the same rainbow's end
Waitin' 'round the bend
My huckleberry friend
Moon river and me
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Old 07-30-2022, 10:41 PM
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Yes, I've heard it. This phrase has been around for quite a while.
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Old 07-31-2022, 02:06 AM
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bookgeek-That's where I had heard it in a song! I knew it was in my memory somewhere. My mom listened to Andy Williams all the time.


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Old 07-31-2022, 04:54 AM
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I always assumed huckleberry friend was just a play on the name Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer's sidekick. Made sense with "two drifters off to see the world" and traveling the river/life-either Moon or Mississippi. I've never heard just "huckleberry" as a term for best friend or best person for the job. New to me.
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Old 07-31-2022, 06:30 AM
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I did not answer correctly and missed it. I had to google the answer to understand the meaning. A couple of weeks ago we watched Tombstone for the very first time. I donít remember that phrase. So I am learning new and different phrases, I guess.
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Old 07-31-2022, 01:25 PM
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Huckleberry.......I love it!

https://youtu.be/nKFvG5mtTHI
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Old 07-31-2022, 02:31 PM
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I definitely though to Tombstone and Doc Holliday when I read this.

If you like sci fi/western/comedy I highly highly recommend the show Wynonna Earp on Netflix. It follows Wyatt's heir who has to kill demons with Wyatt's gun. One of her partners is Doc Holliday (he is immortal) and also played by Mutt from Schitt's Creek.
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