[Ads-l] Heard on a "judge=?utf-8?Q?=E2=80=9D_?=show:

Joe Salmons jsalmons at WISC.EDU
Sun Aug 27 15:35:25 EDT 2017


I’m surprised that this is so uncommon (not particularly a ‘common phrase’, it looks like!) and the uses so scattered.


> On Aug 27, 2017, at 2:27 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Interesting! I did a quick general Googling and got 818,000 hits, with the
> vastly-overwhelming majority being literal use, plus a few people asking
> what the phrase meant, and this one:
> 
> The Joker vs. Pinhead : whowouldwin - Reddit
> https://www.reddit.com/r/whowouldwin/comments/2nhv2f/the_joker_vs_pinhead/
> Nov 26, 2014 - 2 posts - ‎1 author
> "Enough!!!" The room darkened as Pin Head stood." I have grown weary of
> your speech my head aches with your idiocy”
> “Well I suppose we could just _put a pin in it_”.
> . . .
> 
> " I understand the Joke" Pin Head said his eyes widened slightly, The Joker
> taken aback listened to the Cenobite " My head has 130 pins and when I said
> you made it ache you responded with _put a pin in it_ which is also _a
> common phrase associated with moving on or putting something on hold_"
> 
> 
> GBooks has only ten hits, none relevant.
> 
> FWIW, my mother’s dates are 1913-2010.
> 
> 
> On Sat, Aug 26, 2017 at 3:16 PM, Joe Salmons <jsalmons at wisc.edu> wrote:
> 
>> Rachel Maddow regularly uses ‘put a pin in it’, I think in the meaning
>> ‘don’t forget about this … we’re going to come back to it later’.
>> 
>> 
>>> On Aug 26, 2017, at 2:11 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Spoken by a forty-ish black woman, one of three judges, the other two
>> being
>>> white, who work as a team:
>>> 
>>> “Let me put another pin in it [= “this decision”].” I.e., “Let me add a
>>> codicil to our final decision.”
>>> 
>>> This reminded me of an expression that my mother, 1913-2010, used to use:
>>> _put a pin it_ ”end a discussion or an activity.” Or, as Archie used to
>>> say, “Stifle!”
>>> 
>>> --
>>> -Wilson
>>> -----
>>> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
>>> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>>> -Mark Twain
>>> 
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> 
> 
> -- 
> -Wilson
> -----
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
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