thompsng at ELMER4.BOBST.NYU.EDU
Mon Apr 17 22:30:50 UTC 2000
The current issue of Baseball Weekly quotes a young minor leaguer
speaking of a team-mate, a pitcher: "He's stupid against
left-handers." The context shows that this is meant to be a
complimentary remark, and evidently translated into prosaic English
it means "he's very effective against left-handers". I've not
encountered this transvaluation of values before. Anyone else
familiar with it?
I would guess that it is a development of the idea expressed in the
baseball use of the word "unconscious": "He's just unconsious right
now" = "He's playing so extremely well he must be unaware of what he
is doing, because if he were aware, he would know that what he's
doing isn't possible."
If there is a lexicographer in the house who wants the exact
citation, let me know.
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