[Ads-l] Kavanaugh yearbook

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 27 20:23:42 UTC 2018

On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 4:11 PM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

> On another beer-drinking-related note, one of Kavanaugh's calendar entries
> from the summer of '82 (July 1) says: "Go to Timmy’s for Skis w/ Judge,
> Tom, PJ, Bernie, Squi."
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/26/kavanaughs-calendar-annotated/#annotations:15457749
> Many have suggested "skis" is short for "brewskis," which seems plausible.
> I don't see "ski" defined that way in slang dictionaries, but there's an
> Urban Dictionary entry from 2005 with that definition. There's also a line
> in the song "Dumas Walker" by The Kentucky Headhunters, from their 1989
> album "Pickin' on Nashville": "We'll get a slawburger, fries and a bottle
> of ski."
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumas_Walker
> http://kentuckyheadhunters.net/Lyrics/Dumas.htm

...unless the song is referring to Ski the soft drink?


Band member Doug Phelps says it's about "a place where you could buy beer,
snacks, fireworks on the 4th of July," which might support the "brewski"


(Then again, "bottle of brewski" sounds a bit odd.)


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