End of ADS-L Digest - 14 Apr 1997 to 15 Apr 1997 ************************************************ Subject: ADS-L Digest - 15 Apr 1997 to 16 Apr 1997 There are 16 messages totalling 526 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Grand Slam/Gotcha!/In God We Trust/Hoosier/Yankees 2. hypercorrect intervocalic /t/ (8) 3. appropriation of pejoratives (aka "taking ownership") 4. A little humor (2) 5. plea for advice (4) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 16 Apr 1997 01:55:14 -0400 From: "Barry A. Popik" Subject: Grand Slam/Gotcha!/In God We Trust/Hoosier/Yankees GRAND SLAM "We are a grand slam society." --President Clinton, Shea Stadium, 15 April 1997 The term comes from bridge. I sure hope he wasn't alluding to playing all the tricks. Paul Dickson's BASEBALL DICTIONARY has the first citation from the Peter Tamony file, 20 August 1940 in the San Francisco News. "Evidence that this term did not come into use until 1940 can be found in the fact that it was _not_ mentioned in Edward J. Nichols' 1939 thesis on baseball language," Dickson writes. OED has it under "slam" and has 1953 for baseball, 1933 for military, and 1814 for bridge. I couldn't find a pre-1940 citation, and what I did find confirms "grand slam" was not used. Perhaps I missed it, but the earliest Sporting News citation was 23 September 1941, pg. 13, col. 7, "GRAND-SLAM HOMER SINKS DODGERS." On 20 December 1934, pg. 5, cols. 2-3, the Sporting News headline reads "Home Runs With Bases Loaded." On 16 May 1940, pg. 3, col. 3, a cartoon character declares "Gosh, how I'd like ta knock homers an' triples with th' bags loaded all th' time on them Yankees!" On 24 April 1939, NY World-Telegram, pg. 16, the cartoon "Hazy Daisy" in the upper right hand corner of the page has a newspaper that reads "SID LUCKMAN HITS HOMER WITH BASES FULL." The Grand Slam quest continues, but it ain't there much before 1940. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ----------------------------------------- GOTCHA! I think Safire's column missed this. Check out David Crystal's THE CAMBRIDGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (1995), pg. 275, for a nice explanation of "gotcha." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ----------------------------------------- IN GOD WE TRUST The best source of materials on this is somewhere under my bed. Trust me. I cannot do a full treatment now! I think there's an anaconda under there! Safire refers to this in today's Op-Ed piece, but incredibly leaves out "The Star-Spangled Banner," which has "In God Is Our Trust" at the end of its fourth stanza. Safire writes: "Didn't Lincoln, at the insistence of his devout Treasury Secretary, order 'In God We Trust' to appear on coins and greenbacks?" Well, no. Coins, yes. It was used on the eagle ($10 gold piece), the double eagle ($20 gold piece), the half eagle ($5 gold piece), the silver dollar, the half dollar, and the quarter. Greenbacks came about 1956, when Lincoln was long dead. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -------------------------------------- HOOSIER I made an extensive posting on this January 1, 1997 on ADS-L. No one made a single comment. Did no one read it? My pile on "Hoosier" is probably the best there is anywhere. In that posting, I uncovered five pre-1833 citations. Because of the references to "hoosier bait," I concluded that "hoosier" was something large--a big fish. I distinctly eliminated "Who's yer." So why is this coming up again???? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------ YANKEES A new book about the New York Yankees (containing 1996 World Series info) is out by Jay David. He states that they were called "Yankees" about 1908. I solved this last year. I traced it to April 1904 in William Randolph Hearst's NY EVENING JOURNAL, in a sports section edited by Harry Beecher (Harriet Beecher Stowe's grandnephew). It was also published in COMMENTS ON ETYMOLOGY. I sent it to the Mayor of New York City, who never wrote back. I was never invited to the Yankees parade at City Hall. I was somewhere way in the back, crying.