[Ads-l] Kavanaugh yearbook

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 27 18:27:47 EDT 2018


HDAS would have had citations of "skee" (sic) for whiskey from early last
century, but TS.

However, "ski" for a glass, can, or bottle of beer is perfectly predictable
and would be era-, age-, and milieu- appropriate (No HDAS, exx., though.)

Sen. Booker has just asked whether "skis" did not mean "brewskis."

Judge Kavanaugh, oddly, would not give a straightforward yes or no, and
Booker moved on.

JL

On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 4:37 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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