APAD: Let's roll.

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Meaning:

Todd Beamer (1968 - 2001) was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 when it

was hijacked on September 11th 2001.

 

   He was accorded hero status in the USA when it was discovered that he had

   helped organise an attempt to regain control of the plane from the hijackers.

   His last audible words, overhead during a phone call, were:

 

     Are you guys ready? Let's roll.

     (The transcript of an onboard conversation overheard by phone operator Lisa

     Jefferson after Beamer had just finished speaking to her.)

 

Background:

   The facts of the hijackings on September 11th 2001 are well known. Beamer was

   a passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was initially bound for

   San Francisco. His role in the tragic events involved him making phone calls

   to alert ground staff and attempting to disarm the hijackers who had

   commandeered the plane.

 

   He informed an airline representative that some of the plane's passengers

   were planning to `jump on' the hijackers and land the plane.

 

   The outcome of the rescue attempt isn't precisely known. Some minutes later,

   the plane crashed in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

 

- www.phrases.org.uk [edited]

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Since 911, the connotation of "let's roll" might have changed forever.

 

I love idioms for exactly what they are: a group of words established by usage

as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words. To the

uninitiated, people talking in idioms and slang might as well be communicating

in Morse code. A friend posted a shot of a wierd-looking twig and asked "Why is

this piece of wood flipping me the bird?" and it took me 10min to find what it

meant in the dictionary, not under 'flip,' but 'bird.'

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So much respect 4 Beamer, real hero and Let's roll !! -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/24/2024 postreply 09:37:27

Ordinary people, extraordinary courage. -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/24/2024 postreply 10:12:30

yes!! my hat off to all of them!! -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/24/2024 postreply 10:34:13

hahaha,hahaha, sorry can't help but laugh ("bird";-) -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/24/2024 postreply 09:39:19

I told my learning experience and they all laughed :-) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/24/2024 postreply 09:40:58

hahaha. don't know any Morse code otherThan SOS ;-)) -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/24/2024 postreply 09:48:05

Unimaginable horror, watch 1self diving to hell -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/24/2024 postreply 09:57:39

Flipping xxx sounds nasty, give a finger's same sh*t tho -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/24/2024 postreply 10:07:05

While doomed, Beamer perhaps escaped the fear of death. -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/24/2024 postreply 10:14:54

I probably would join him if there, better fightThanWait2die -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/24/2024 postreply 10:21:15

"Flowers are only flowers because they fall"-Shogun -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/24/2024 postreply 10:47:48

哈哈,flip sb the bird:) 刚刚查了字典才知道。like straightforward idioms -暖冬cool夏- 给 暖冬cool夏 发送悄悄话 暖冬cool夏 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/24/2024 postreply 10:05:19

Idioms are so much fun! -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/24/2024 postreply 10:18:27

一下子学了两个idioms. -天边一片白云- 给 天边一片白云 发送悄悄话 天边一片白云 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/24/2024 postreply 17:48:41

经常用idioms,说英语更加地道 -妖妖灵- 给 妖妖灵 发送悄悄话 妖妖灵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/26/2024 postreply 20:23:16

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