[Ads-l] Word: ovate

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 19 16:36:53 UTC 2015

On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 9:01 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:

> Perhaps the hands should be cupped to form an ovoid shape while clapping.

That's the way that we were taught to do it, when I was in high school,
making it a fairly simple matter for our relatively-small - ca. 800 -
student body to out-ovate those of the larger schools that we played
against. Schools with single-sex student bodies - only every Catholic
secondary school on earth, in those days - had the size of their student
bodies doubled WRT assignment to a class in athletic competition, for the
obvious reason.

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