Posted by: Natalie | March 3, 2010

Word of the Day: Maverick

Maverick

Word Origins: We often use this word to describe someone who is a bit of a renegade, someone who does things their own, special way! These people don’t follow the general crowd and can’t be put in a box, just like Howard Moon. But the word came from a Texan rancher, Samuel Maverick (1803-70), who did not brand his cattle. Often, unbranded calves are also called Mavericks!

Urban Dictionary Definition:

  1. Someone who refuses to play by the rules. he/she isn’t scared to cross the line of conformity. but their unorthodox tactics get results!
  2. Originally used by ranchers to signify an unbranded cow, mavericks were cattle/a cow that never ran with the pack.
  3. A throwaway word used by Sarah Palin when she doesn’t know what the hell she’s talking about.
  4. The Polar opposite of a “Cougar” (Who was the absolute most useless person in Top Gun)

Nat’s Definition:

  • Mel Gibson in a rather cheesy but entertaining film.
  • Tom Cruise.
  • A Card Shark.
  • Howard Moon; you can’t put him in a box. Oh no!

I would also like to include my friend Gregg’s contribution:

I am Maverick. Steve is Maverick. Together, we are Maverick.

Indeed.

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