Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 9 20:48:53 UTC 2012

Also an expansion on 1.a. (moving staircase ... for carrying passengers):
> The Target in East Liberty has an escalator for shopping carts. Mind=
> blown.

Similar devices exist in some IKEA stores and some multi-level Costco
(in NYC), so this usage was inevitable.


On 1/9/2012 3:44 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
> Also adjectival use (as in "escalator clause"), which is all that OED
> has.
>> Tebow has an escalator of $250,000 in his contract for each playoff
>> victory assuming he participated in at least 70 percent of Denver's
>> plays during the requisite season, according to an NFL source.
> This is the first time I've seen it "naked", but there is likely to be
> more.
> The meaning matches the OED definition /exactly/, aside from the
> "attrib." part:
>> 2. /attrib/., esp. designating a clause, contract, agreement, or the
>> like, that provides for an increase (occas., a decrease) in prices,
>> wages, armaments, etc., to meet specified contingencies.
> This does not match, however, 1.a. and 1.b.
>     VS-)

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