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

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Tue Sep 21 12:12:43 EDT 2021


I had checked Google by asking for "kickstand verb".

So there is a verb "kickstand", meaning "to support as with a kickstand".
The article my citation came from was explaining the crafty way glass
sponges manage the water currents that pass them, to keep them from
swirling and washing away the mud the sponge is standing in.  Otherwise,
the sponges would be "kickstanded", or, undercut and toppled over.  So this
reverses the standard -- though until now unknown to me -- sense of
"propped up".

GAT

On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 8:55 PM Chris Waigl <chris at lascribe.net> wrote:

> 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>
> wrote:
>
> > 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.
> >
> > GAT
> >
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> > 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
> >
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> > picture of his great-grandfather.)
> >
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-- 
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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