[Ads-l] Kavanaugh yearbook

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 27 18:21:32 EDT 2018


Sen. Cory Booker just gave the "brewskis" gloss of "skis" and Kavanaugh
didn't deny it.

On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 4:36 PM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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