Deke (1935)

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Tue Sep 25 12:07:23 UTC 2001

I am perhaps coming to this discussion late and I apologize if this
information has already been given, but when I frequented the
Hamilton (Ontario) area in the late 60's, "deke" was not exclusively
used in hockey (if that is the game described above - hard for a
Louisvillian to tell). It meant any slight direction change. For
example, I got instructions from a local one day to "go down this
road a bit and then deke left," the kind of little turn you make when
there's a "jog" in the road.


>In a message dated 9/24/2001 10:12:27 PM, laurence.horn at YALE.EDU writes:
><< >Well, when a fellow is coming at you with the rubber and he tries to
>>get you to make your move first by shifting his feet or swaying his
>>body, or going like this with his stick, you say he is deking. >>
>At least the fellow wants to play safe.

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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