[Ads-l] Metaphorical NSFW

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 31 11:24:19 EDT 2017


Jim Parish  wrote:
> I would guess that usage is related to the word "filthy", describing a
> skilled pitcher's repertoire.

The picture sharing website imgur has an animated gif that shows a
baseball pitcher successfully confusing a batter. The title contains
"NSFW" and supports Jim Parish's suggestion of a connection to the
descriptor "filthy".

https://imgur.com/gallery/T6E0o

[Begin excerpt]
NSFW because that pitch was FILTHY
by tepidtrepidation Feb 18

Baseball's back... finally
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[End excerpt]

Garson




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> On 8/31/2017 9:59 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>
>> As I just confirmed on urbandictionary, the initialism (at least I’ve
>> never heard it pronounced acronymically) NSFW is standardly understood as
>> designating “Not Safe for Work”, “Not Suitable for Work”, or (presumably by
>> urbandyslexics) “Not For Showing Wife”, in reference to internet videos,
>> pix, memes, and the like.  But consider this extended use, which I’ve never
>> previously encountered or seen exemplified even on urban dictionary, in
>> reference to a Cleveland Indians pitcher:
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>> ===================
>> Jose Berrios dominates. There are times when Berrios' stuff is NSFW. This
>> was one of those games, maybe the best of his young career, as he fanned 11
>> in seven scoreless innings in a 11-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
>>
>>
>> http://www.espn.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/82321/real-or-not-indians-are-the-team-to-beat-in-the-american-league
>> ===================
>>
>> LH
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