Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Show Some Backbone
The backbone is really just another word for spine. The form of this idiom is to "show" or "demonstrate" some backbone, meaning, to demonstrate to others that you are not a chicken (coward), but rather, a brave and vigorous person.
This version is considered less crude, and thus, is more often applied to the political arena in written English.
Example: "Activists expected the Obama Administration to show some backbone in dealing with Republican opposition, but many have been sorely disappointed in the administration's behavior."
This is not to pick sides; I am simply delivering context for the post that will follow this one. Stay tuned.