In Monty Python
, this phrase means literally "Get the cow!" as an imperative
. It is heard in the magnificent work The Holy Grail
when the Taunting French Knight
snaps this order to his fellow knnnnigits within the castle. Moments later, with a resounding mooooooooooooOOOOOOO!
a large cow
(it appears to be a Holstein
) flies up over the castle walls, to the consternation
and his men. It was fired, no doubt, from a cattlepult
, probably one of the best they-didn't-actually-say
-it jokes ever filmed.
Note: Spuunbenda has informed me that it was a trebuchet, not a cattle-er, catapult. My mistake, and thanks for the note S!