Date: Thu, 2 Jan 1997 13:15:38 -0500


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