[Ads-l] Olympics-related WOTY?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Aug 15 15:10:03 UTC 2016

> On Aug 15, 2016, at 11:02 AM, Yagoda, Ben <byagoda at UDEL.EDU> wrote:
> The acronym GOAT, meaning greatest of all time, was, for a long time, applied exclusively to Mohammed Ali.

Muhammad Ali, but also for some time, at least in sabermetric and other "advanced analytics" and sports blog (e.g. Bill Simmons's) circles to other (non-Olympic) sports, e.g. in debates on whether LeBron has eclipsed Michael Jordan as GOAT, whether Tom Brady is GOAT, etc., whether Wayne Gretzky is the super-GOAT (across all sports, not just hockey), etc.  Maybe it's time some dairy tried patenting a GOAT cheese.

Of course the homonymy is a cute benefit--causing double-takes with the non-acronymic metaphorical meaning.


> According to the Grammarphobia blog<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.grammarphobia.com_blog_2016_07_goat.html&d=CwIGaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=o_BamxrJK_zdzZJSHxZutevRCAJHUXwAmMaTCHr-hlQ&s=WEWu-vSB280vu-_h_sw-JGXDFK3uMJ2zeyWjk7I6blU&e= >  Ali’s wife, Lonnie, incorporated Greatest of All Time, Inc. (G.O.A.T. Inc.) in 1992. In 2000, the rapper LL Cool J released an album called “G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time)," and in recent years the appellation has frequently  been used in reference to Michael Jordan.
> But it has exploded during the current Olympics. A Google News search<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.google.com_search-3Fhl-3Den-26gl-3Dus-26tbm-3Dnws-26authuser-3D0-26q-3D-2522greatest-2Bof-2Ball-2Btime-2522-26oq-3D-2522greatest-2Bof-2Ball-2Btime-2522-26gs-5Fl-3Dnews-2Dcc.3..43j43i53.2925.6876.0.8515. > shows that the GOAT tag has been applied to the celebrated Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, and Usain Bolt, but also to the more obscure Kohei Uchimura (men’s gymnastics), Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba (women’s 10,000 meters), Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi (men’s steeplechase), and American cyclist Kristen Armstrong.
> Ben
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