second hand

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 3 12:18:44 UTC 2011

I believe I posted something on this a fewyears ago.

I knew a young woman in the early '80s who frequently used "second-hand" to
mean, unmistakably, "second nature."

E.g., "You have to practice till it becomes second-hand."


On Sun, Jul 3, 2011 at 3:18 AM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at>wrote:

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> "Those goals are normally like... second hand." -- comment from Abby
> Wambach
> on her 8 missed shots during the game against Columbia. What she meant was
> "second nature" or something similar, but, apparently, could not think of
> the appropriate expression on the spot. She was clearly linguistically
> impaired or she would not have referred to shots as "goals".
> VS-)
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