"Dairy Queen", the (basketball) verb

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Mar 25 19:09:13 UTC 2012

Announcer of Kentucky-Baylor Elite Eight basketball game in the men's NCAA tournament currently showing live on CBS.  Color commentator Clark Kellogg explains at 9:00 left in the first half why Kentucky is so tough to beat, especially given the prowess of their freshman star player and shot blocker par excellence Anthony Davis:

"One of the things that Kentucky does really well is that they don't foul a lot. For all of their blocked shots, they typically don't get into foul trouble.  I mean, Anthony Davis has only been Dairy-Queened once."

The allusion is to a player being disqualified or DQ'ed, rendered ineligible by accumulating 5 personal fouls.  DQ = DisQualified but DQ also = Dairy Queen, and Euclid tells us that things equal to the same thing are equal to each other, so…


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