OT: Slinging coffee

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Feb 11 17:27:01 UTC 2008

Not to be confused with food fights.


At 2/10/2008 07:49 PM, you wrote:
>It sounded as though it were a revived usage to me. Nevertheless,
>according to Google, people sling hamburgers, sandwiches and computers.
>Jewelry and milkshakes get one hit each, though no hits for desserts or
>pets. BB
>Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>People have been "slinging" (serving or handing
>>out) stuff since the 19th C., and Wilson's
>>slightly  different sense is probably at least as old.
>>   JL
>>Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>>And then there's "slinging snot," a gross, IMO, slang term all too
>>often used by my mother to describe the weeping or crying of a child,
>>e.g. your humble correspondent.
>>On 2/10/08, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>>>I've heard the expression "sling coffee" meaning "work as a barista"
>>>only from baristas, but Webidence indicates it's more than just jargon:
>>>Are you tired of being called "just a latte slinger" and having to
>>>explain your craft to your family and friends? Does it piss you off that
>>>people think that your job requires no skill or education? (12 Feb 2006,
>>>teri_lee, http://community.livejournal.com/indie_baristas)
>>>I was not put on this planet to scrub toilets, sling coffee or anything
>>>similar. (03-29-05, organica,
>>>But people have always told me that to work on feel-good-warm-fuzzy
>>>things you have to sling coffee creamer and cat food the other 364 days
>>>of the year. (March 14 , 2006, T,
>>>It's no shame, man, to work for a livin'. I'd rather sling coffee for
>>>Starbucks than sling verbs for a few newspapers I could name 
. (May 21,
>>>2007, Disgruntled Tool-Room Clerk,
>>>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
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