[Ads-l] intestinal/testicular fortitude

Gordon, Matthew J. GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU
Wed May 13 06:01:46 UTC 2015

Patrick Huber and David Anderson (in Missouri Historical Review, 2002) describe a 1942 petition from the St. Louis Board of Education urging Dean be pulled from the air. They also note that a formal complaint with the FCC was "allegedly filed" by the English Teachers Association of Missouri in 1946.
Full text of the article is available here:

Matt Gordon
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Subject: Re: intestinal/testicular fortitude

Wasn't the teachers' complaint about Dizzy Dean's grammar a hoax? At least, that's what I read in O'Conner and Kellerman's _Origins of the Specious_.


> On May 11, 2015, at 5:10 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> I have a post on the Lexicon Valley blog today about "testicular
> fortitude" (now in the news because Bill Simmons used it just before
> getting fired by ESPN):
> http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2015/05/11/bill_simmons_testicular_fortitude_the_etymology_of_a_phrase_and_the_sensibilities.html
> I start with "intestinal fortitude" as a euphemism for "guts"
> (credited to Ohio State football coach John Wilce, in print from
> 1921), which was malapropized as "testicle fortitude" by Dizzy Dean,
> before emerging as "testicular fortitude" (in print from 1971).
> We discussed both kinds of fortitude about ten years ago on the list.
> --bgz
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