Date: Thu, 2 Jan 1997 13:15:38 -0500
From: Mark Mandel Mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]DRAGONSYS.COM
Subject: WOTY pre-vu -Reply
Hm! In watching the gymnastic events, I noticed "nail" only in "nail
a landing/dismount", and I gathered from the use and accompanying
commentary that the phrase referred to coming off the equipment to
the floor, or (in the floor routines) out of a jump or flip (or
whatever), to a clean landing with both feet on the floor, without
moving the feet or taking a step to recover one's balance. I
associated the metaphor with the image that the feet stick to the
floor as if nailed to it.
Has anyone heard this word used for any event other than a gymnastic
one, and referring to anything but a landing?
Allan Metcalf AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM 12/30/96, 01:25pm
Some of this year's top candidates are:
* nail (v) -- to accomplish perfectly, as in an Olympic event