Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 26 06:16:46 UTC 2012

I've heard it too, but 1) not in baseball (I don't follow baseball,
generally, and only watched the last inning today); 2) it's not
documented. I'm not claiming primacy in any way, but the usage should be
on the record. As for (1), think of the emotionally positive use of
"filthy rich".


On 10/26/2012 12:34 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> On Oct 26, 2012, at 12:00 AM, Alice Faber wrote:
>> On 10/25/12 11:14 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>>> Commentary from the WS broadcast, on Romo's strike-out pitch: "That
>>> pitch is just filthy!" Yet another migration into positive territory.
>> I've heard that usage for years.
> Same here.  I just tried googling "filthy slider" and got a bunch of results, including one describing Brad Lidge's out pitch, and that was ages ago--or at least six or seven years, before he fell off the map.  There are a few hits from google books, including one from Chad Harbach's _The Art of Fielding_ (discussed on an earlier thread, for that "not not not crazy" young woman).  I think the collocation with "filthy slider" is more common than, say, "filthy fastball" or "filthy two-seamer", although those pitches are well attested on google as well.
> LH
>> Unfortunately, Google Advanced Search
>> doesn't seem to have a way to limit a search to a date range, making it
>> hard to present actual evidence!

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