Peter A. McGraw pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU
Tue Jun 5 17:03:02 UTC 2001

Two nights ago I was watching the local Portland (OR) TV news and there was
one of the usual traffic accident reports.  According to the anchor, a car
"ran a red light and T-boned into a Tri-Met bus."  Unfortunately they
didn't manage to get their "sky-cam" there in time (drat!) to show an
aerial view of the scene, so I can only infer that she meant the car plowed
into the middle of the bus at a right angle so that the two vehicles formed
a T.

I swear I've never heard this (or any other verbal) use of "T-bone" before.
Have I just led a sheltered life, or is this a new usage?

Peter Mc.

                               Peter A. McGraw
                   Linfield College   *   McMinnville, OR
                            pmcgraw at linfield.edu

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