[Ads-l] fiftyburger

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 23 13:37:42 EST 2017


The earliest example of x-burger I could quickly find is from a Packers' forum, dated September 8, 2008:

https://www.packernet.com/blog/2008/09/08/its-what-we-do/

Posted by Mel e Mel

"See My previous post The Vikes are who we thought they were. Holding Adrian
Peterson to 100 yards is game winning defense. The Vikes are a one trick pony
offense. Wait till INDY pops a 40 burger on them. Tavaris is a thrower not a
passer."



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I have heard "x-burger" in the sense of scoring a lot of points or the like=
 for at least a decade, perhaps longer, usually in sports reporting.

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Interesting.  I associated Helen Gurley Brown with her self-description =3D
as a =3DE2=3D80=3D9Cmouseburger=3DE2=3D80=3D9D, but apparently she used (co=
ined or =3D
popularized?) =3DE2=3D80=3D9Cnothingburger=3DE2=3D80=3D9D as well; wonder i=
f one of =3D
the terms grew out of the other, or if they=3DE2=3D80=3D99re referentially =
=3D
distinct=3DE2=3D80=3D94can one be a mouseburger without being a nothingburg=
er =3D
or vice versa?  Of course either of these *could* also be =3D
literal=3DE2=3D80=3D94either a very unappealing menu option or a very =3D
unfilling one (especially for those on an Atkins diet). =3D20

LH


> On Jan 23, 2017, at 12:37 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Possibly inspired by "nothingburger"?
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> http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/nothing_burger
> =3D
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2013-January/124713.html
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> "Forty-burger" was used in a football context in Season 1, Episode 4 =3D
of
> "The League" ("Mr. McGibblets," aired Nov. 19, 2009):
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> "And all of a sudden, this guy comes out of nowhere... scores four
> touchdowns, gains 200 yards. Drops a 40 burger on me."
> http://transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/viewtopic.php?f=3D3D417&t=3D3D2050=
8
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> On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 12:14 PM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
> RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
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>> New to me.  The earliest I find it is from a wire service feed:
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>> McClatchy - Tribune News Service; 18 Sep 2009 (from Proquest)
>> "If he does more of the same Saturday away from home -- and if Cal =3D
puts
>> another fifty-burger on the scoreboard -- then it's on."
>>=3D20
>> Here it is from a Washington Post blog:
>> " But after serving up a fiftyburger to the Washington Wizards on
>> Wednesday night, Stephen Curry seemed surprised and chilled when =3D
Draymond
>> Green sneaked up behind him for the celebratory dousing."
>> https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/02/
>> 04/stephen-curry-gets-a-water-bath-draymond-green-makes-
>> photobomb-magic/?utm_term=3D3D.d64538ea29c3
>>=3D20
>>=3D20
>> _Chicago Tribune_ 15 Nov 2016: p. 2.
>> " Trestman pretty much doomed himself when his team gave up a =3D
fiftyburger
>> to the Patriots, then got a week off to regroup and came out of it by
>> allowing the Packers to pound them with another fiftyburger."
>>=3D20
>> In all three of these, it refers to fifty points, rather than the =3D
fifty
>> yard line.
>>=3D20
>>=3D20
>>>=3D20
>>> I was listening to a radio show about football on 610 AM (I believe =3D
the
>> call letters are WTEL) from Philadelphia this afternoon.  The show
>>> kept identifying itself as "ESPN radio" and if it gave call letters =3D
I
>> did not catch them (I was driving in the rain and had poor AM =3D
reception on
>>> my car radio).  There were at least two men and one woman talking; =3D
if I
>> heard correctly one of them was named "Doug Brown".  I do not
>>> know if the show originated in Philadelphia or was originated by =3D
ESPN
>> for national distribution.
>>>=3D20
>>> Several times the announcers referred to a football fifty-plus yard
>> field goal as a "fiftyburger".  I think there was also a reference to =
=3D
a
>>> "fortyburger".
>>>=3D20
>>> This is a new term to me.  Is anyone else familiar with it?
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