[Ads-l] "kickstand" is a verb?

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 21 01:40:44 UTC 2021

Thanks for pointing out this interesting verb form, GAT, and thanks
for the examples, Chris.

Here is a 1996 cite with the phrase "kick-standing yourself on a
stool" and a 1997 cite with "kickstanded their bikes".

Date: September 6, 1996
Newspaper: Florida Today
Newspaper Location: Cocoa, Florida
Section: TGIF
Article: Causeway Loop: The Purple Porpoise
Author: Seamus White (Pub Crawler)
Quote Page 15, Column 1
Database: Newspapers.com


[Begin excerpt]
The bar stools clustered around round tables are VERY high. High
enough that you might want to just hook one cheek on the seat and
leave the other foot on the floor for stability. Or this could just be
my paranoia after hoisting a few brews. Note: The wooden floors make
for good traction when kick-standing yourself on a stool.
[End excerpt]

Date: August 14, 1997
Newspaper: Poughkeepsie Journal
Newspaper Location: Poughkeepsie, New York
Article: Staatsburg clings to the past
Author: Thomas N. Tobin (Poughkeepsie Journal)
Quote Page 6E, Column 2
Database: Newspapers.com


[Begin excerpt]
On Tuesday afternoon, Tom and Susie Cole, visitors from Fairmont, W
Va., kickstanded their bikes in front of the store and went into
Hughes for a bite.
[End excerpt]


On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 3:50 PM George Thompson <george.thompson at nyu.edu> wrote:
> From the NYTimes
> The authors hypothesize this highly complex skeleton helps keep the sponge
> anchored in the soft sediments of the seafloor, which could be excavated by
> the whirling vortices. “The sponge could be kickstanded,” Dr. Weaver said.
> When I asked Mr. Google about the verb "kickstand" he got apologetic and
> asked if he could interest me in the noun instead.
> I suppose the thought here is that a stand holds something up, and if it is
> kicked away it falls, as these sponges would fall if the mud they grow on
> were to be washed away by whirling vortices of water.
> --
> 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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