Re:       Re: fireplug

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Thu Feb 5 00:01:23 UTC 2004

In a message dated 2/4/04 5:35:54 PM, faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU writes:

> miliar with both terms. FIRE HYDRANT is, indeed, the more
> usual term, for me, for the curbside dog magnet. However, it now
> occurs to me that FIREPLUG can be used metaphorically in ways that
> FIRE HYDRANT can't, in particular for a short but tenacious hockey
> player (in the Steve Sullivan/Theo Fleury/Brian Gionta mold).

Good point. I would not mind the nickname "Fireplug," but it strikes me that
being called "Fire Hydrant" would be something of an insult (because of the
semiotic role of fire hydrants with respect to dog urination).

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