Date: Thu, 2 Jan 1997 14:02:56 EST From: "Daniel Marcus -- Amer. Lawyer Media - New York" Subject: WOTY pre-ve R To: ads-l[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Inet The word 'nail' is used very often by basketball commentators, usually referring to someone making an outside shot. ("He nailed that jumper," "And she nails the three from downtown," etc.) It's almost never used with a negative, however. (* "He failed to nail the shot.") I also heard it used during the diving events in pretty much the same way as in gymnastics (i.e. a clean landing), so this would seem to work against the feet-nailed-to-the-floor idea. (Although the gymnastics synonym "stick" does seem to be physically rooted, i.e. sticking to the floor.) I think for sports it always refers to isolated situations within the game where there are only two possible outcomes, i.e. make/miss, success/failure. But, to be honest, I think these sports meanings are all playing second fiddle to the more popular meaning, which is to have sex. (Examples assumed.) Dan Marcus