[Ads-l] Idle curiosity

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 12 17:01:34 UTC 2015


You say it has been "generalized". Generalized to what? The ESPN App is
about sports. Clutch is a sports term. It is in an advertisement. It is, at
worst, a metaphor.

If the new PBS App said it was clutch, that I would accept as a
generalization.

DanG

On Sun, Jul 12, 2015 at 12:50 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

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> > On Jul 12, 2015, at 12:09 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM> =
> wrote:
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> > Clutch as an adjective in the context of sports is new??
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> > DanG
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> Seems like it's been generalized, though.  AHD has this for "clutch, =
> adj.":
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> adj.=20
> Informal
> 1. Being or occurring in a tense or critical situation: won the =
> championship by sinking a clutch putt.
> 2. Tending to be successful in tense or critical situations: The coach =
> relied on her clutch pitcher.
>
> I'm familiar with that use, which curiously the draft addition (Dec. =
> 2013) for the OED "clutch, n." entry--
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> 'Of a player: reliable or successful in a situation when the outcome of =
> a game or competition is at stake; (also) designating a critical moment =
> in a game; designating (good) play at such a moment.'
>
> --doesn't specify as an adjective.  While most of the cites at that =
> entry (or in the related entry for "clutch hitter") can also be taken to =
> be modifying nouns in a nominal compound,=20
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> 1929   Frederick (Maryland) Post 26 Mar. 3/6   Marty is one of the best =
> =E2=80=98clutch=E2=80=99 batters in the league. His average is never =
> very high but he always comes through with his hits when they are most =
> needed.
> 1940   Princeton Alumni Weekly 30 Sept. 18/3   Captain Dan Carmichael =
> proved himself to be a good clutch player in the Harvard contest..and =
> the Tigers were able to pull the game out of the fire with a desperate =
> rally.
> 1960   Los Angeles Times 15 Feb. c2/3 (headline)    Clutch play by =
> Cranston wins title.
> 1971   Daily Republic (Mitchell, S. Dakota) 3 Feb. 15/1   The Jacks and =
> Indians battled on nearly even terms..until some clutch free throw =
> shooting in the closing moments by Rod Heinrich, Dave Thomas and Paul =
> Parker put the game away.
> 1994   T. Boswell Cracking Show v. i. 81   He won't expand his strike =
> zone in clutch situations to help the team.
>
> another is clearly adjectival,=20
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> 2012   R. W. Cohen 50 Greatest Players N.Y. Yankees Hist. xxiv. 128   He =
> had that swing and that heart, he was just totally clutch.
>
> and I've heard this ("X is really clutch", "How clutch is Y!?",  etc.) a =
> lot in sports contexts too. But in any case, none of these extends in an =
> obvious way to the case in question (to modify ESPN's app), unless the =
> implication is that it works well in the clutch, presumably unlike other =
> apps that chokes up when the pressure is on.
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> LH
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> > On Sun, Jul 12, 2015 at 8:26 AM, Arnold Zwicky =
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> >>> On Jul 12, 2015, at 5:17 AM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM> =
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> >>> Just wondering if anyone has anything interesting to say about these =
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> >> words:
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> >>> Doxx (v.)/-ed/-ing
> >>> Clutch (adj.?) As in "Watch ESPN [app] is pretty clutch." (Taken =
> from
> >>> actual ESPN Radio commercial.)
> >>> Spend (n.) As in "You can monitor your company's spend [via
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> >> =3DE2=3D80=3D9Cclutch=3DE2=3D80=3D9D is new to me.
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> >> on =3DE2=3D80=3D9Cdoxx=3DE2=3D80=3D9D, on my blog:
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> >> on the nouning =3DE2=3D80=3D9Cspend=3DE2=3D80=3D9D, on my blog:
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