[Ads-l] "Chicken fight"

Geoffrey Steven Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Wed Mar 16 00:52:51 UTC 2016


When I was studying karate in the seventies in Hawaii our instructor referred to undisciplined flailing during a sparring match as 'chickenfighting'. It certainly brought up a different image from cockfighting, and I never, at the time, thought of it as euphemistic. But perhaps it's a Hawaiian term.

Geoff

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> On Mar 15, 2016, at 7:45 PM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
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> "Group arraigned in chicken fight case".
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> I doubt if the police would have probable cause for assault charges if =
everyone ran away.

The downside of taboo avoidance (can't call it cock fighting anymore, it =
appears).

LH
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> Headline in Boston Globe today.
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> Joel
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