I've been just happened to have been listening Britney Spears's Oops! I did it again, and what does the mars lander says "Oh there horse" at 0:20?

From the start

The navigator : First, the Mars lander, report the status, please.

Mars lander : Mars lander here. Gravity device status is effective. Watch the status 90%.

The navigator : Any sign of habitation?

Mars lander : Not so much is there. Oh, there horse.

What does he mean by that expression?

Thank you.

  • The supposed astronaut says "Woah there horse..."
    – MaxW
    Commented Nov 30, 2019 at 7:48
  • @MaxW Thank you. I wish if you kindly understand if you don't know a particular expression, listening could be also harder for non native speakers.
    – user17814
    Commented Nov 30, 2019 at 15:20
  • Whoa there horse. Not" woah
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 11 at 21:03

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"Woah, there, horsey!"

It's an idiom that means "hold on a second" or "something is happening" or "let's stop what we are doing and pay attention to this!"

There is also:

"Hold your horses!"

which means "slow down!"


"Horse of a different color"

which means "a thing to which what we were just speaking of does not apply".

This is American English slang. It comes from films known as"westerns" - films set in early America when there was a "frontier" - national Western border. There are lots of actual horses in them. :)

  • 2
    People also say, "Whoa, Nellie!" "Whoa" is the standard command taught to horses, meaning "stop." "Nellie" is assumed to be the name of a horse, because the command "whoa" was given. "Nellie" isn't a standard horse name, but the context and the "country" (rural, farm) feeling associated with the name make it obvious that Nellie is a horse. Commented Nov 30, 2019 at 3:31
  • Nellie was in fact an old popular horse name. Nellie Morse was a famous actual horse who won the 1924 Preakness.
    – BadZen
    Commented Nov 30, 2019 at 5:22
  • ls it possible that the lander literally saw 'horse'? We don't expect to see horses on Mars though.
    – dan
    Commented Dec 2, 2019 at 1:47
  • Whoa, not woah. Hold your horses. is a very old expression used when people still had horse-drawn carriages. It means bring the horses to a standstil and today just means wait a minute, don't go so fast.
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 11 at 21:03

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