[Ads-l] double-tap

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 12 12:23:16 EDT 2019


The term was used as a movie title in 1997. Title was mentioned in
1996 newspaper stories.

Year: 1997
Movie: Double Tap
Directed by: Greg Yaitanes
Writing Credits: Erik Saltzgaber, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119012/

[Begin excerpt form storyline]
A master assassin who specializes in shooting his victims twice in the
head, a "double tap", may not be everything he initially seems to be.
[End excerpt form storyline]

Garson

On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 12:10 PM ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Here is a 1997 book that employed "double tap" as a noun and
> hyphenated "double-tap" as a verb.
>
> Year: 1997
> Book Title: Nowhere To Hide
> Author: James Elliott
> Quote Page 35 and 174
> Simon & Schuster, New York
> (Internet Archive; verified with scans)
>
> [Begin excerpt on page 35]
> Again, nothing was disturbed. "Ten to one it was a hit."
> "No gun near the body," O'Brien said, leaning in to get a good look at
> the side-by-side entry wounds in Onorati's forehead. "Double tap to
> the head. kind of rules out a suicide, huh?"
> [End excerpt on page 35]
>
> [Begin excerpt on page 174]
> Falconetti saw Totani nod briefly to Johnnie Socks, who still stood
> behind him, holding the tip of the silencer to the back of his head.
> Falconetti closed his eyes, waiting for the gunshot he knew he would
> never hear before it killed him.
> “Open your eyes. Tommy. It isn’t over yet. You think I’m gonna have
> Johnnie double-tap you in the back of the head, don’t you?”
> Falconetti opened his eyes, half-believing he was getting a
> last-second reprieve.
> [End excerpt on page 174]
>
> My search was not thorough. In fact, I only searched for the phrase
> "Double tap to the head".
>
> Garson
>
> On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 11:46 AM Jonathan Lighter
> <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > FWIW, Moore's 2003 ex. of the verb, the subject of the OP, appears to be
> > the earliest in Google Books as well.
> >
> > JL
> >
> > On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 11:41 AM Andy Bach <afbach at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > I recall hearing it in "Zombieland" (2009), in the opening sequence
> > > where the voiceover lists the rules for living/staying alive in Zland
> > > - there it meant add a second bullet, in case the first just wounds
> > > the zombie. The underlying story was written in 2005, though not sure
> > > if the rules were written then. As it happens, a sequel, Zombieland:
> > > Double Tap, is set to be released on October 18, 2019.
> > >
> > > On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 6:59 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > The term in its literal meaning was popularized by reporting on the Bin
> > > > Laden Raid of 2011.
> > > >
> > > > JL
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