gymnastic "Maltese cross"
Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Tue Aug 21 13:34:02 UTC 2001
Barry quotes, and quoth:
Is this gymnastic maneuver not in the revised OED?
From PIC, 10 January 1939, pg. 39, col. 1:
_Maltese cross._ Most Herculean of all moves illustrated by Turturro.
(A gymnast hangs by two rings, like a cross--ed.)
I believe I've heard this called an "iron cross" in more recent Olympic
(and other) gymnastic coverage-- not a term that would have been popular in
English in the years following 1939.
-- Mark A. Mandel
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