Writing Tip 143: “Up and Adam” vs. “Up and at ‘em” vs. “Up and Atom”

If you've always thought the expression all goes back to Adam and the Garden of Eden, it's time to rethink the expression.

If you’ve always thought the expression goes back to Adam and the Garden of Eden, it’s time to know the truth.

Is the expression Biblical in origin? Abbreviated? Scientific? I have seen all three forms of this one written, and I could almost see a logical argument for each version; however, only one is correct.

To clear up the confusion, “up and at ‘em” is the proper form, as in “up and at them.” The colloquial idiom means, in essence, “it’s time to get moving.” It has nothing to do with Adam’s existence in or out of Eden, and it has nothing to do with quantum physics. More