getting clobbered/getting skunked

A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Mon Mar 4 19:20:34 UTC 2002

I would use the terms exactly as you would, for whatever it's worth.
In a baseball context, I would say "shut out" rather than "skunked",
although my grandfather would never have said "shut out" in that context
(or any other context) always, "skunked."

maberry at

On Mon, 4 Mar 2002, wrote:

> Sports terminology:
> "Getting skunked" means your team doesn't score at
> all, to which my own understanding and the ADS-L archives
> attest. However, on another email list a colleague asserted
> that "getting clobbered" meant the same thing.
> I protested that "getting clobbered" merely meant that the
> score was lopsided, regardless of whether the losing team
> scored 0 or not, and that "getting skunked" was reserved
> for scores where the losing team got 0, but now I wonder
> if I'm not operating under a Canadian regionalism? Would
> anyone say a team "got skunked" if the score were, say,
> 18-2?
> Don
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