[Ads-l] "kickstand" is a verb?

Chris Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Mon Sep 20 20:55:39 EDT 2021

I thought I'd ask Mx. Google as well, and they showed me quite a few
examples of cyclists quite concerned about how to correctly kickstand a
bike. There's an image caption describing "A swath of properly kickstanded
bikes in Zug, Switzerland". Maybe the scientist is a bicycle enthusiast?

On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 11:49 AM George Thompson <george.thompson at nyu.edu>

> From the NYTimes
> The authors hypothesize this highly complex skeleton helps keep the sponge
> anchored in the soft sediments of the seafloor, which could be excavated by
> the whirling vortices. “The sponge could be kickstanded,” Dr. Weaver said.
> When I asked Mr. Google about the verb "kickstand" he got apologetic and
> asked if he could interest me in the noun instead.
> I suppose the thought here is that a stand holds something up, and if it is
> kicked away it falls, as these sponges would fall if the mud they grow on
> were to be washed away by whirling vortices of water.
> --
> George A. Thompson
> Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
> Univ. Pr., 1998.
> But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
> your lowly tomb. . .
> L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112
> The Trump of Doom -- also known as The Dunghill Toadstool.  (Here's a
> picture of his great-grandfather.)
> http://www.parliament.uk/worksofart/artwork/james-gillray/an-excrescence---a-fungus-alias-a-toadstool-upon-a-dunghill/3851
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