[Ads-l] dump > dunk eggcorn?

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 19 21:37:55 EST 2021


My mind went to the game at the fair where, if you hit a target, a person,
usually of some respect in the community, gets dropped into a tank of
water, or "dunk tank".

On Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 9:31 PM Alice Faber <afaber at panix.com> wrote:

> On 2/19/21 2:40 AM, James Eric Lawson wrote:
> > 18 Feb 2021, CNN article titled "Texas Republicans criticized for
> > misleading claims that renewable energy sources caused massive outages".
> >
> > Quote: "I hope this will teach Texas politicians to stop dunking on
> > other states when they are going through disasters," tweeted Arizona
> > Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Democrat.
> >
> > I'm sure I've seen this, 'dunk' for 'dump', elsewhere. Some dunks do
> > embarrass defenders under the net.
> >
> I doubt this is an alternative to "dump". It's a metaphorical extension
> of the basketball use.
>
>
> AF
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