Fwd: interesting metaphor
zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue Dec 9 16:57:46 UTC 2008
a Dutch-German difference?
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> From: Victor Steinbok <victor.steinbok at verizon.net>
> Date: December 9, 2008 7:18:03 AM PST
> To: "Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at csli.stanford.edu>
> Subject: interesting metaphor
> From a daily soccer report (no source given in the email):
> Quote of the Day
> - Robin van Persie on overcoming his right “chocolate leg” issue: "I
> know I can shoot with my right, although my left is better, but it’s
> basically down to your belief in the power of your wrong foot. In
> Holland we call it my ‘chocolate leg’ but positive thinking is the
> key for me.”
> OK, here's one source.
> Here's another version. The interesting thing here is that it means
> exactly the opposite from van Persie's statement.
> Catchword for “chocolate leg”
> Catchword: chocolate leg
> Filed Under: English, Sports & Recreation
> Part of Speech: n.
> The part of speech reflects that used in the full entry, and not
> necessarily the part of speech as it is used in the quotation below.
> Quotation: “There’s even something like a ‘dominant leg’! You
> automatically try to take off from that one if attempting to jump.
> Try. You’d be amazed. There’s a phrase for that in German:
> ‘Schokoladenbein.’” “Chocolate leg? I’m going to assume that
> something was lost in the translation here.”
> Article or Document Title:
> “Re: Left-orium” (URL)
> John C.
> Article, Document, Publication, Web Site:
> Usenet: rec.games.roguelike.adom
> Date of Publication:
> Dec. 29, 2002
> This cite belongs to a full entry for chocolate foot.
> Posted 9 Feb 05 | Permalink |
> Dictionary definition of “chocolate foot”
> chocolate foot
> n. the foot favored to use or to start with when running, biking, or
> kicking; one’s dominant foot. Subjects: English, Body, Sports &
> Etymological Note: Perhaps a calque from the German Schokoladenbein
> ‘favored leg’ (literally ‘chocolate leg’). A similar German word is
> Schokoladenseite ‘attractive side’ (literally ‘chocolate side’).
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> Citations: 1996 Hans Rey, Scott Martin Mountain Bike Magazine’s
> Complete Guide To Mountain Biking Skills (Feb. 15) p. 116: Keep your
> pedals horizontal, with your “chocolate foot” (your strongest foot)
> forward. 1999 [Klieg] Usenet: alt.mountain-bike (Mar. 19) “Re:
> Riding in Arizona”: Chicken Point has a sreaming single track
> descent off it that has a nasty habit of turning your chocolate foot
> into good because you are hardly pedaling, jsut keeping the pedals
> level and coasting at 30mph. 1999 Scottish Daily Record (Sept. 20)
> “Roddy gets it right with a bit of luck”: I turned inside a
> defender, created a bit of space and hit a shot with my chocolate
> foot, my right, and luckily it went in. 2002 John C. Usenet:
> rec.games.roguelike.adom (Dec. 29) “Re: Left-orium”: “There’s even
> something like a ‘dominant leg’! You automatically try to take off
> from that one if attempting to jump. Try. You’d be amazed. There’s a
> phrase for that in German: ‘Schokoladenbein.’” “Chocolate leg? I’m
> going to assume that something was lost in the translation here.”
> 2004 Leonard Zinn Zinn’s Cycling Primer (June 1) p. 34: The first
> thing you must know before hucking yourself off a drop-off is which
> foot is your “chocolate foot,” as Hans “No Way” Rey calls it. Your
> chocolate foot is your favorite foot, the one you always keep
> forward when standing on the petals.
> Posted 9 Feb 05 | Permalink
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