Arnold M. Zwicky
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Thu Jan 13 05:09:38 UTC 2005
On Jan 12, 2005, at 3:49 PM, Grant Barrett wrote:
> On Jan 12, 2005, at 18:01, Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
>> uttered by our own Grant Barrett, 1/7/05, at the first WOTY discussion
>> in Oakland:
>> ... put your balls on the table
>> this is clearly based on "put one's cards on the table" 'be open,
>> candid', but with an element of bravery and/or audacity associated
>> "balls" as in "have the balls to".
> I would add in "balls on the line" as a contributor.
ah, well, that makes things more complicated. if "put one's balls on
the line" were an idiom, then "put one's balls on the table" would be
be a straightforward syntactic blend.
*but*... the idiom is "put one's X on the line" 'risk one's X', with X
pretty much a free variable. so "balls" really can't be seen as coming
from another formulaic expression. still, we have to grant <heavy
groan> that "put one's balls on the line", as an instantiation of "put
one's X on the line", might in fact have been in gb's mind at the
moment in question.
More information about the Ads-l