words of the year
simon at IPFW.EDU
Sat Nov 22 19:21:38 UTC 2003
i picked up "how this plays out on the ground" at a 1997 NEH 6-week
summer seminar dominated by poliscientists. "X's inability to forsee
how Y policy would play out on the ground" occurred daily.
beth lee simon, ph.d.
associate professor, linguistics and english
indiana university purdue university
fort wayne, in 46805-1499
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>>> sod at LOUISIANA.EDU 11/22/2003 2:09:09 PM >>>
In community development venues "on the ground" takes on a sort
of "in the trenches" meaning. That is, what happens "on the
ground" is often very different from what is intended by policy
directives from above (government, etc.).
"Albert E. Krahn" wrote:
> Allan has said that there have been some nominations for
> words of the year, but I don't recall seeing them on ADS-L.
> I'm going to nominate the expression
> "on the ground" in whatever the name of the
> category is for most unneeded. Someone can
> help me out with the category.
> I'm sure I'm going to hear more of it the rest of the year.
> I've just started keeping track, though. The expression
> seems to mean something like
> "there" or " in that location" or "now," but
> it is quite mushy. I'm sure it is NOT a contrast to
> "in the air."
> Bush used it on 15 Nov.
> "The enemy has changed tactics on the ground."
> Gwen Ifil on 14 Nov. on Wash Week in Review
> "On the ground we saw a renewed military offensive."
> Guest on 18 Nov on Nightly News
> "In addition to efforts on the ground, . . . ."
> ". . . on the ground, in his face, Michael Jackson . . . .
> Hollywood Access 21 Nov 03
> This reminds of that old "at this point in time" phrase
> because it also seems like a long cut for a short word.
> Has anyone else noticed this expression? If so, were
> there any clear meanings possible?
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