[Ads-l] attactics; chest bumping

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Sat Nov 14 13:48:03 UTC 2015

On Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:23:36 ZONE -0500 Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>

CNN speaks of Donald Trump's "attactics" against Ben Carson.

Earlier this week they spent some time discussing chest bumps. No, not that

Does anyone know when this peculiar practice began?  I doubt that I was
aware of it more than a dozen years ago, if then.

Similarly (and maybe we've discussed this), I first became aware of
high-fiving in the early 1980s.


My response:

"High five" appears in Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary, page 586, with a date of 1980.

I tried tracing the term in Google Books but the noise factor was too high.

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