[Ads-l] intestinal/testicular fortitude

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed May 13 13:39:19 UTC 2015


> On May 13, 2015, at 2:01 AM, Gordon, Matthew J. <GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU> wrote:
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> 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:
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__statehistoricalsocietyofmissouri.org_cdm_compoundobject_collection_mhr_id_52783&d=AwIFAg&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=Ntpprz8ekhwADhO7h8LTYDj2-n7mZDBgtp8sLgWz6c8&s=Fut-STQQpgzzQK2knfebDkoqDGr122mZvVcUfTBt1P4&e= 
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> Matt Gordon

They shoulda slud the petition into their desk drawer.

LH
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> Subject: Re: intestinal/testicular fortitude
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> 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_.
> 
> Neal
> 
>> On May 11, 2015, at 5:10 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>> Poster:       Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
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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):
>> 
>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.slate.com_blogs_lexicon-5Fvalley_2015_05_11_bill-5Fsimmons-5Ftesticular-5Ffortitude-5Fthe-5Fetymology-5Fof-5Fa-5Fphrase-5Fand-5Fthe-5Fsensibilities.html&d=AwIFAg&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=Ntpprz8ekhwADhO7h8LTYDj2-n7mZDBgtp8sLgWz6c8&s=iVaHhWpFVM_rGwbSj9NswRZo4EoFzqgECN5xlKqva_c&e= 
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>> 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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>> Ben Zimmer
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