End of ADS-L Digest - 4 Jan 1997 to 5 Jan 1997 ********************************************** There are 22 messages totalling 464 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. WOTY pre-vu -Reply 2. Soccer Moms 3. Year 2000 (5) 4. Year 2000--Apologies 5. Nail and sport 6. WOTY (2) 7. Gay Nineties -Reply 8. "Ebonics" 9. WOTY 97: palmtop? 10. WOTY- what were they? 11. text for language and gender 12. phonetics book? 13. Bounced Mail 14. New on the Web 15. WOTY on CNN 16. WOTY Is Fringe! 17. WOTY on ABC, 1-6. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 6 Jan 1997 08:30:25 -0500 From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: 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 12/30/96, 01:25pm >>> > Some of this year's top candidates are: >* nail (v) -- to accomplish perfectly, as in an Olympic event At the ADS meeting, Allan handed me a news clipping indicating that Clinton had "nailed the election." Many of us noted that the sexual connotations of the term had apparently been sanitized enough for use in the mass media. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 FAX: 912-454-0873 Office: Arts & Sciences 3-04 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.gac.peachnet.edu