[Ads-l] Kavanaugh yearbook

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 27 20:00:10 EDT 2018


> On Sep 27, 2018, at 7:52 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> As I pointed out moments after Ben drew attention to it.
> 
> JL
> 
Yeah, sorry—I sent my message off before reading yours.  He’s pretty good at not answering yes-or-no questions yes or no, I have to admit.  

> On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 7:07 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
> 
>>> 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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