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Sunday, November 20, 2021

While watching the Browns’ 22-0 win over the Dolphins today, one fan near me kept cheering on Cleveland QB Trent Dilfer. She gave him a nickname: “Dilf”.

Upon hearing this, the first thing that came to mind was a scene from Paper Lion, where the George Plimpton character, when asked about his previous pro football experience, made up a semi-pro team in Canada called the Newfoundland Newfs. Dilf, Newf — the “f” closing sound is a bit unusual (unless you’re a dwarf or elf, I suppose).

Dilf. I suppose it’s nicer than my years-old nickname for the journeyman quarterback: “Dill-hole”.

(I posted something about Dilfer last Sunday; I hope this doesn’t become a trend.)

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/20/2005 09:52:36 PM
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What better to symbolize this season of avian flu panic than downtown Tampa’s “exploding chicken” sculpture, now for sale to whoever wants to cart it off? (Actually, I don’t think the bird flu really makes anyone, avian or human, explode; but dammit, for all the hubbub it’s caused, it should!)

The George Sugarman-designed sculpture is easy to spot: It’s right next to another Tampa landmark, the “beer can building” near the corner of Ashley and Kennedy.

Hmmm… Chicken and beer. Makes me wonder if Ludacris wasn’t in town two years ago, before releasing his “Chicken-n-Beer” album.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/20/2005 09:26:05 PM
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I don’t know about you, but I could do with a dose of “deferred success”, or even “intrinsic aptitude”.

For purposes of posterity, I was going to reproduce the entire “Politically inCorrect Words and Phrases” list here. But frankly, half of it is pretty weak. And the folks at Global Language Monitor don’t seem to have a decent writer/editor on staff — their writeup of the list is a real trainwreck. So I’m going to cherry-pick only the good ones; follow the links if you want more:

“Misguided Criminals”
- For “terrorists”, used by the BBC.

“Intrinsic Aptitude”
- (or lack thereof) Suggestion by Lawrence Summers, the president of Harvard, on why women might be underrepresented in engineering and science. He was nearly fired for his speculation.

“Thought Shower” or “Word Shower”
- For “brainstorm”, so as not to offend those with brain disorders such as epilepsy.

“Deferred Success”
- Euphemism for “fail”. The Professional Association of Teachers in the UK considered a proposal to replace any notion of failure with deferred success in order to bolster students self-esteem.

Is there a language more prone to idiomatic acrobatics than English? Being fairly acquainted with several other tongues, I’m thinking not.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/20/2005 02:13:23 PM
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Even though the results are now four years old, I’m betting the list of the most-often-misspelled city names, from a 2001 ePodunk poll, is still pretty accurate today.

In particular, Cincinnati’s Number 3 ranking on the list — which was seen as one more bashworthy aspect of the Queen City — rings true for me. I’m an exceptionally good speller, and “Cincinnati” is the exception that proves my personal rule. For some reason, I can never visually ID the name, as I can with practically every other word, name or not. The right mixture of n’s and t’s is what does it.

You’d think that not being able to nail down the spelling of a city some 1,000 miles away from me would be of little regular consequence. And you’d be right. But once upon a time, when I worked on the St. Petersburg Times Sports Desk, the Ohio city would come up quite a bit. And, to my chagrin, I’d almost always have to look it up.

(Via …Because everyone else has one)

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/20/2005 12:30:42 PM
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Hoping to capture a buzz akin to that of “The Osbournes” or “American Chopper”, The Golf Channel will be showing a reality series starring golf bad-boy John Daly, dubbed “The Daly Planet”, starting January 18th.

Does this have “monster hit” written all over it, or what? Daly, the PGA’s anti-Tiger Woods, could use a jolt after fading out over the last couple of years. And, like many other niche outlets, The Golf Channel could use programming that appeals beyond its core audience. Daly’s predictable antics should fit the bill nicely. (Too bad he’s not still drinking…)

I was unaware of Daly’s role as movie inspiration — prior to the fact:

Daly’s life has seemed the stuff of fiction before. At a 1998 tournament, Daly shot an 18 on one hole, hitting shot after shot into a water hazard, an effort virtually mimicked by Kevin Costner’s character in the 1996 movie “Tin Cup.” In the movie, Costner plays a regular guy — a driving range owner — who has a chance to win the U.S. Open before stubbornly hitting balls repeatedly into a pond.

“I still say they made that movie after me,” Daly said at the time.

I guess his audition in ‘98 has finally paid off. Then again, his whole career could be construed as a reality TV audition.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/20/2005 12:03:16 PM
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Moving or not, I’m mighty scared of Eric the Voodoo Doll and his potential for destruction.

I’m almost as scared of the scientist-to-videogame-designer career path that brought him into being.

What a way to kick off a Sunday.

Which do you suppose is a more appropriate name for a voodoo doll: Eric or Vince?

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/20/2005 10:55:57 AM
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