[Ads-l] take a knee (1960)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Sep 26 15:12:54 UTC 2017

Excellent, Ben--but you left out Tebow and Tebowing.  Tim Tebow made knee-taking famous for at least a few years, to the point where “Tebowing” was given some WOTY love. (I forget which category.). If you google “Tim Tebow”, you’re guided directly to “Tim Tebow knee”, where I found this apropos piece in WaPo.



> On Sep 26, 2017, at 1:28 AM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> On Language Log, I give a history of the expression "take a knee" in
> football, with examples back to 1960.
> http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=34671
> The State (Columbia, S.C.), May 2, 1960, p. 3B, col. 4 (GenealogyBank)
> With two minutes left before they had to go back out on the field, the
> Little King stood up and said: "Some of us talked about this before the
> game. We all played for him. We all loved him. Now he's gone. So let's all
> take a knee for a moment of silence for our Rex Enright."
> --bgz
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