[Ads-l] "on-court gags =?Windows-1252?Q?=97_?=or reams, as the players called them " (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Wed Dec 30 15:34:23 UTC 2015


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Also, ream (v) = to cornhole, to anally rape.  Perhaps Jonathan's definition is an extension?  Or the other way 'round?
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> Among other things, to "ream" has long meant to "victimize" in nasty or painful ways.  Also to "upbraid" furiously.
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> The Globetrotters' noun, however, is new to me.
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> JL
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> On Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 1:22 PM, George Thompson <george.thompson at nyu.edu>
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> > From the obituary of Meadowlark Lemon in today's NYTimes:
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> > Within a few years, he had assumed the central role of showman, taking
> > over from the Trotters=E2=80=99 long-reigning clown prince Reece
> > Tatum, whom eve= ryone called Goose.
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> > Tatum, who had left the team around the time Lemon joined it, was a
> > superb ballplayer whose on-court gags =E2=80=94 or reams, as the
> > players called th= em =E2=80=94 had established the team=E2=80=99s
> > reputation for laugh-inducing wizardry at a championship level.
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> > (This is referring to the Harlem Globetrotters basketball act.)
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> > I've tried for years through prayer and fasting to ascend to that
> > glorious region where there are complete sets of HDAS, but I remain
> > earthbound.  So I may never know whether HDAS has this term.
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> > GAT
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