[Ads-l] Idle curiosity

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 13 10:41:28 UTC 2015


I recently heard "clutchest," i.e. "coolest," or, in proper English,
"neatest or keenest."

JL

On Sun, Jul 12, 2015 at 10:08 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Urban Dictionary has some pertinent definitions that seem to fit the
> ESPN usage. The downvotes suggest that there is some resistance to
> these definitions.
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> http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=clutch
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> [Begin definition 2]
> clutch
> Exactly what you need, exactly when you need it.
>
> "The other day I was really hungry but thought I had no money on me.
> Then I found five dollars in my jacket pocket--that was clutch."
>
> by FtG January 08, 2006
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> Upvote 2133 Downvote 1265
> [End definition 2]
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> [Begin definition 4]
> clutch
> Great, Essential, and Potent rolled into a single word. Clutch is also
> used to describe something that is done, not something that is.
>
> Stealing your orange soda was so clutch.
>
> Pulling the special move on Jenna was clutch.
>
> by Ezra June 30, 2003
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> Upvote 2669 Downvote 2182
> [End definition 4]
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> On Sun, Jul 12, 2015 at 8:57 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
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> >> On Jul 12, 2015, at 7:48 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM> =
> > wrote:
> >>=20
> >> It's not really sports context, except in the most superficial sense.
> >>=20
> >> The underlying phrase is "That's clutch!" in the sense similar to =
> > "That's
> >> cool!". That's not the same meaning that's in sports context, unless =
> > I'm
> >> completely misinterpreted the expression.
> >
> > If you have, I've done so as well, as noted earlier.  I hadn't been =
> > familiar with "That's clutch" (or "X is clutch") in contexts unrelated =
> > to good performance in stressful and/or game-meaningful situations, but =
> > "that's cool" (or even "that's good") seems consistent with the example =
> > upthread.  I took the use in the ESPNapp commercial to allude to a =
> > semantic change along the lines of 'well-performing in crucial =
> > situations' > 'well-performing (generally)', helped along by the =
> > familiarity of ad consumers with the sports context. =20
> >
> > LH
> >>=20
> >> VS-)
> >>=20
> >> On 12:11pm, Sun, Jul 12, 2015 Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> =
> > wrote:
> >>=20
> >>=20
> >> Clutch as an adjective in the context of sports is new??
> >>=20
> >> DanG
> >>=20
> >> On Sun, Jul 12, 2015 at 8:26 AM, Arnold Zwicky =
> > <arnold.zwicky at gmail.com>
> >> wrote:
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> >>=20
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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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