[Ads-l] Kavanaugh yearbook

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 27 19:07:47 EDT 2018


> On Sep 27, 2018, at 6:21 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Sen. Cory Booker just gave the "brewskis" gloss of "skis" and Kavanaugh
> didn't deny it.

Managed not to admit it either, as far as I could tell, despite Booker’s repeated attempts to solicit a yes-or-no answer.


> 
> 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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