Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Feb 12 21:01:40 UTC 2006

At his news conference after winning the gold medal for men's
snowboarding, Shaun White displayed the usual array of
surfer/skater/snowboarder slang ("gnarly", "stoked", "pumped",
"amped"). And observers of the Buffyesque productive suffix "-y"
should appreciate his use of "Olympic-y":

"I wasn't thinking straight," White told Finch before jumping on a
chair lift for his second qualifying run. "I got all Olympic-y. I got
that out of the way."

--Ben Zimmer

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