I've just finished watching the last episode of Twin Peaks, and the sheriff says to Coop, 'Take her easy now!', and I was wondering why he didn't say 'Take it easy now'. There are many more hits of 'Take it easy now', about 35,600, compared to about 600 for 'Take her easy now' on the Internet, half of which seems to belong to a classic posted on the Web (Open Boat by Stephen Crane). I also found it in The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub (page 38, first page of Chapter 4): 'Say, son, take her easy, take her easy now...' To what does the 'her' refer to? Why don't they say 'it'?