[Ads-l] shimmy (shake, climb up/down)

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Mon Aug 19 12:24:40 EDT 2019


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj4tfMkPuPM

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On Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 4:36 PM Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 1. In a video on pickling blackberries, Atomic Shrimp uses the expression
> “give a shimmy” and then shakes a jar by means of several short vibrations.
>
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> > (2:47)
> Pickled Blackberries (Part 1)
>
> Atomic Shrimp, located in the UK
> 9 September 2018
>
> ****
> I’ll give that a little shimmy….
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> 2. The OED does not cover this. Related senses it has are:
>
> ****
> v.
> 1a. To dance the shimmy.
> 1b. To dance (the shimmy); to shake (part of the body) as in the shimmy.
> 2. intransitive. figurative and transferred. To shake, quiver, vibrate, to
> progress hastily or irregularly.
>
> n.
> 1. (the dance)
> 2. An oscillation or vibration of the wheels, etc., of a motor vehicle or
> of an aircraft undercarriage; spec. = wheel wobble n.
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> 3. The progress from the OED’s meaning to the Atomic Shrimp can be seen,
> for example in
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> >
> A Promise of Forever
>
> Marilyin Pappano
> 2015 (Google-dated)
>
> ****
> An instant later, the skirt began sliding form her waist, and she gave it
> a shimmy to help it along.
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> 4. Here is another example of “shimmy” as a noun:
>
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> >
> Massive Rhubarb Plant
>
> Wolfpup
> 11 May 2018
>
> ****
> Did not take as long to get a reading today, Gave it a "shimmy" shake,
> tapped it and swish, here we go. It looks like the numbers are getting
> smaller.
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> 5. BZ also provides an example in the ADS archives
>
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> >
>
> The citation appears to be from the TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”,
> episode 65: ’Something Blue’ (1999, see
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> >
>
> ****
> Willow: Yeah.. I-I know I've been sort of a party-poop lately, so I said
> to myself, "Self!" I said, "It's time to shake and shimmy it off.”
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> 6. Separately, the meaning of ascend or descend by the use of the hands
> and knees/lower legs is not given in the OED. Wiktionary (
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wiktionary.org_wiki_shimmy&d=DwIFaQ&c=slrrB7dE8n7gBJbeO0g-IQ&r=v2Wtu7DQZxSBMSJv-oEMNg&m=UCL2awiBliTpdGwtVrKo66yIcltZjNjbVjz-amZyXkU&s=6XvxM0Hu4zY1wuBDIChivYF7Sy6hwmf2jlkk7PjvtAY&e=
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> >) covers this:
>
> ****
> To climb something (e.g. a pole) gradually (e.g. using alternately one's
> arms then one's legs).
>         He shimmied up the flagpole.
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> I don’t think that “gradual” movement is a part of the definition,
> however. Shimmying is, in my experience, frequently a very rapid movement.
>
> Merriam-Webster (
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> >) is also quiet on both meanings.
>
> Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
>
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-- 
George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.

But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
your lowly tomb. . .
L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112

The Trump of Doom -- also known as The Dunghill Toadstool.  (Here's a
picture of his great-grandfather.)
http://www.parliament.uk/worksofart/artwork/james-gillray/an-excrescence---a-fungus-alias-a-toadstool-upon-a-dunghill/3851

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