[Ads-l] dump > dunk eggcorn?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 20 07:23:33 EST 2021


UrbanDictionary: "Pejorative Make fun of / criticize an easy target,
especially one that can't defend themselves.
Todd: My grandma is so boring. All she does is watch TV and walk her dog,
it's like, get a hobby.
Steve: Why you gotta dunk on your grandma like that?"

Cf. NYC "bunk one's head" for "bump...."

JL

On Fri, Feb 19, 2021 at 9:38 PM Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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