Date: Sat, 16 Mar 1996 07:23:43 -0500
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: "cobbed" etc.
Ron is right. I overlooked the ambiguity of 'cobbed' and 'reamed.' They
may, in my usage as well, mean 'beat to a pulp' (as 'screwed' may not).
I find, however, that the 'beat to a pulp' meanings for me are usually
transitive ('Texas reamed Michigan') and the 'cheated' meanings are often
passive (especially with the 'get' passive it seems) ('Michigan got
I also think Seth is wrong about the 'cream' - 'cremate' realtionship. I
always assumed that 'creamed' meant 'beaten' (which is what you used to do
to get cream before Fizzy Crap or whatever it's called was produced in
aerosol cans). (I actually tasted some once -- UGH!!!)
PS: Us Spartans are always happy to see Michigan cramed, reamed, cobbed,
and screwed. Way to hook 'em horns!
Ron Butters wrote:
I think Dennis and Seth are absolutely right about the connection of
COBBED with "CORNHOLE". However, it is the case that COBBED and REAMED
are a little different in semantic range from SCREWED--COBBED and REAMED
can (for me) mean simply 'defeated badly': Duke was recently
REAMED/COBBED (cf. CREAMED) by EMU at basketball, but they were not SCREWED.
I've always presumed creamed was short for cremated.
Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu