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Friday, January 23, 2021

Mindful that I’ve run into resistance to the use of common male-oriented sports-metaphor office jargon, I take note of the following:

The quarterback-in-command phrase “calling an audible” ticks up more Google results when relating to business than it does when relating to football. Indicating that it’s acquired a distinctly off-the-field cachet, probably among business-speak chatterers who have no clue as to the gridiron original.

Yes, I know those search results are far from definitive; they’re intentionally quick-and-dirty. Just a snapshot. If anyone actually wants to do more in-depth research into this niche-y topic, be my guest.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/23/2009 11:26:46 AM
Category: Business, Football, Wordsmithing
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map it outIf your sense of humor is highly-developed enough to allow you to easily laugh at your surroundings, then the United Kingdom has entire towns and villages in which you can amuse yourself:

In the scale of embarrassing place names, Crapstone ranks pretty high. But Britain is full of them. Some are mostly amusing, like Ugley, Essex; East Breast, in western Scotland; North Piddle, in Worcestershire; and Spanker Lane, in Derbyshire.

Others evoke images that may conflict with residents’ efforts to appear dignified when, for example, applying for jobs.

These include Crotch Crescent, Oxford; Titty Ho, Northamptonshire; Wetwang, East Yorkshire; Slutshole Lane, Norfolk; and Thong, Kent. And, in a country that delights in lavatory humor, particularly if the word “bottom” is involved, there is Pratts Bottom, in Kent, doubly cursed because “prat” is slang for buffoon.

As for Penistone, a thriving South Yorkshire town, just stop that sophomoric snickering.

Language, and the evolution of it, being so fluid, I don’t rightly know if English is the only tongue in which these punchline-like designators could occur. I’m hoping it’s a unique Anglo-Saxon oddity.

And, for some reason, I’d like to see retired NASCAR drive Dick Trickle do a circuit tour through these UK sites. I suppose if the racing-car league ever wanted to do a European expansion, that would be the way to kick it off.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/23/2009 10:59:02 AM
Category: Comedy, Other Sports, Wordsmithing
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