[Ads-l] Take a knee

MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Tue Dec 26 13:04:54 EST 2017


Possibly related . . . 

_Omaha [NE] World-Herald_ 3/6/1910 p W-9 col 5

"I remember well the time when, having already killed two deer, and beginning to fancy myself a great hunter, and having practiced rifle shooting until I was reasonably sure of hitting a prairie chicken off-hand at 50 yards, and the first tracking snow of the season having come, I took the trail of a doe and two fawns on the west bank of the Nishnabotna river, just above Big Grove, and making a successful crawl upon the watchful creatures until I was within seventy-five  yards of the unsuspecting doe grazing peacefully broadside to, I took a knee rest (that is, with one knee on the ground), and missed the big target completely."


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> All of this is discussed in the Language Log post I linked to upthread.
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> http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=34671
> Beginning in the '90s, "taking a knee" or "taking the knee" often referred to the "quarterback kneel," where the quarterback on the winning
> team runs out the clock by kneeling after the snap — either to protect a small lead or as a show of sportsmanship with a larger lead.
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> [linking to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarterback_kneel ]
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> On Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 8:18 AM, Dennis During <dcduring at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > On Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 12:50 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > > Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> > > Poster:       Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> > > Subject:      Re: Take a knee
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> > >
> > > Wasn't there once a time when there was only a trivial amount of
> > > time
> > left
> > > and the winning team had the ball and, though, officially, there was
> > > time left for one more play, running that play would be pointless?
> > > So, the winning team would go into the spread formation, the ball
> > > would be
> > snapped
> > > and the quarterback, instead of trying needlessly to run a useless
> > > play, would simply "take a knee" - i.e. drop to one knee - thereby
> > > ending the play and, consequently, the game.
> > >
> > > ​There indeed once was and still is such a time. The practice and
> > > the use
> > of the expression "take a knee" by sportscasters​ probably can be
> > observed and heard today on football broadcasts.
> >
> >


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