[Ads-l] Kavanaugh yearbook

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 27 16:36:59 EDT 2018


Kavanaugh was just asked in the Senate hearing about the July 1 entry, and
yet he wasn't asked to explain "skis."

On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 4:23 PM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 4:11 PM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> On another beer-drinking-related note, one of Kavanaugh's calendar
>> entries from the summer of '82 (July 1) says: "Go to Timmy’s for Skis w/
>> Judge, Tom, PJ, Bernie, Squi."
>>
>>
>> https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/26/kavanaughs-calendar-annotated/#annotations:15457749
>>
>> Many have suggested "skis" is short for "brewskis," which seems
>> plausible. I don't see "ski" defined that way in slang dictionaries, but
>> there's an Urban Dictionary entry from 2005 with that definition. There's
>> also a line in the song "Dumas Walker" by The Kentucky Headhunters, from
>> their 1989 album "Pickin' on Nashville": "We'll get a slawburger, fries and
>> a bottle of ski."
>>
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumas_Walker
>> http://kentuckyheadhunters.net/Lyrics/Dumas.htm
>>
>
> ...unless the song is referring to Ski the soft drink?
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski_(soda)
>
> Band member Doug Phelps says it's about "a place where you could buy beer,
> snacks, fireworks on the 4th of July," which might support the "brewski"
> interpretation.
>
>
> https://web.archive.org/web/20090522222722/http://www.libertynjustice.net/gettoknow_doug.php
>
>
> (Then again, "bottle of brewski" sounds a bit odd.)
>
> --bgz
>

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