[Ads-l] Kavanaugh yearbook

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 27 18:36:24 EDT 2018


A quick but non-definitive check reveals no Google Books exx. of _*ski_,
'glass, can, or bottle of beer.'

JL

On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 6:27 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 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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