Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Aug 12 00:59:58 UTC 2008

At 8:45 PM -0400 8/11/08, Mark Mandel wrote:
>Watching the Olympic men's synchronized platform diving about 10min ago, I
>heard the athlete commentator -- a woman, don't know her name; a diver, not
>a broadcaster -- say "at these degree of difficulties". "Degree of
>difficulty", as a term of art in the scoring of competitive sports like
>gymnastics and diving, has clearly been lexicalized for at least some of its
>users, like "mother-in-law(s)".
Maybe they can call it DOD; it's nicer to think about double
backflips or whatever than the activities of that other one in the
Washington, DC area...


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