[Ads-l] attactics; chest bumping

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Sat Nov 14 15:09:04 UTC 2015


I realize that memory is suspect, but I recall being offered a "high 
five" - the act, not necessarily the phrase - by a schoolmate at old 
Crawford High in San Diego; this would have been between 1973 and 1975. 
I don't know whether the phrase was in use, but I think "gimme five" was.

Jim Parish

On 11/14/2015 8:37 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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>> If you think about it, you will realize the high-five is similar to the
> handshake, a means of saying "I am greeting you with no weapons in my right
> (dominant) hand".
>
> Without ancient evidence, this is called "overthinking," so I won't think
> about it.
>
> I've been watching to catch a (formerly unnamed) "high-five" in movies made
> before before 1980, but have never seen one.  I don't doubt, however, that
> the gesture will soon be retrojected by H'wood into the nineteenth
> century, along
> with the chest bump, to join other 20th C. mannerisms.
>
> By the time I encountered "high-five" ca1981, it was  being used in
> baseball to congratulate a scoring base-runner. I wasn't watching much
> sports back then, and never football.
>
> Speaking of gestures, the Discovery Science Channel is running ads that
> feature (from memory) the motto, "Science Is Giving the Finger to
> Everything That's Known!"
>
> Where "is" = 'means.'  I hope.
>
> Though it isn't much better.
>
>   JL
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> On Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 8:48 AM, James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at netscape.com>
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>> On Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:23:36 ZONE -0500 Jonathan Lighter <
>> wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>> wrote:
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>> CNN speaks of Donald Trump's "attactics" against Ben Carson.
>>
>> Earlier this week they spent some time discussing chest bumps. No, not that
>> kind.
>>
>> 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.
>>
>> JL
>>
>> 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.
>>
>>     - Jim Landau
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