I grew up in Utah. I always remember my brothers and sister using the expression "up in the night" to indicate that someone was clueless, or operating on a mistaken assumption. It would go something like, "Well if he thinks he can walk in here and talk to people like that, well, he's just up in the night." or, "If she thinks she can run a business that way and be successful, well, she's just up in the night."
I've lived in New York for the last ten years, and now my brother-in-law and sister-in-law (both native New Yorkers) love to poke fun at me for my Utahisms, chief among them, "up in the night". They have even gone so far as to say that I made the expression up myself, or that it is particular to my family.
I desperately need to prove to them that this is a real expression, used by people other than me and my siblings… Sooooo… Any help would be great. If anyone can verify that the expressions is used, if anyone knows anything about where it comes from, where it's used… I would so happy (and vindicated) if I could even get just a little bit of info on this one… Thanks!
Yahoo has a question and answer from two years ago.
Thanks Emmett. I have seen that one before, but I sure would love to find something else out about this phrase. Now it's become like an obsession, but I have no outlet for the obsession, because i am find precious little on it. I'm beginning to believe that it is just far more rare an expression than I thought. Google searches, blogs on Utahisms, searching phrase dictionaries, posting here… all of it yields very little. I thought everybody would be like, "oh yeah, I know that expression! Your brother and sister in law are totally up in the night!" I guess it might be me who's a little off base here though. Thanks for the effort and peace!
Don't give up, Father C. "Sound on the goose" took me more than 4 years of Google searching and library visiting to find. The critical websites appeared late in the search--new stuff is coming on the web all of the time. The key that worked for me was splitting the phrase up when searching. Don't count of that working for you, but be very creative in your searching.
May you have success in your quest.
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