Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #151  
Old 06-03-2019, 04:46 PM
Saint Cad is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: N of Denver & S of Sanity
Posts: 13,287
Talking about dual nicknames, the old Pacific Coast Athletic Association had both the Utah St. Aggies and New Mexico St. Aggies.
  #152  
Old 06-03-2019, 05:01 PM
Ulf the Unwashed is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 3,425
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wheelz View Post
If we're on to High School sports now...
There's a town in Illinois called Pekin, so named because of the mistaken notion that it was exactly opposite the globe from Peking, China. For many years, the school's sports teams were known as (and I am not making this up) the "Pekin Chinks."

You might say that the name was both appropriate and highly inappropriate at the same time. They have since rebranded as the Dragons.
When in high school back in the seventies I swam at a large invitational meet at which the “Chinks” also made an appearance. I don’t recall if I found the name offensive, but I certainly found it noteworthy.
  #153  
Old 06-03-2019, 06:08 PM
cochrane is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: The Nekkid Pueblo
Posts: 21,593
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rick Kitchen View Post
During the 50s, at the height of the Red Scare, they called themselves the Redlegs.
Hello.
  #154  
Old 06-03-2019, 07:49 PM
DSYoungEsq is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Indian Land, S Carolina
Posts: 14,402
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atamasama View Post
You literally said exactly that. You stated they hadn’t said “a single word”.

Though I guess you’re pedantically correct, because they hadn’t said a single word, but multiple words...
No. I said that no one who COMMENTED ON THE BEARS/CUBS being out of place made that reference. Again READ WHAT I SAID.
  #155  
Old 06-03-2019, 08:27 PM
Atamasama's Avatar
Atamasama is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 3,437
Quote:
Originally Posted by DSYoungEsq View Post
No. I said that no one who COMMENTED ON THE BEARS/CUBS being out of place made that reference. Again READ WHAT I SAID.
What you said just now is much, much clearer than your original statement, which is more ambiguous:

“Ok, I find it funny how many people have posted about the Chicago Bears/Cubs, and not said a single word about the Detroit Lions/Tigers.”

You have pronouns missing in the second half of that sentence. While implied, their absence makes your meaning a bit unclear.
  #156  
Old 06-04-2019, 10:13 AM
DSYoungEsq is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Indian Land, S Carolina
Posts: 14,402
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atamasama View Post
What you said just now is much, much clearer than your original statement, which is more ambiguous:

“Ok, I find it funny how many people have posted about the Chicago Bears/Cubs, and not said a single word about the Detroit Lions/Tigers.”

You have pronouns missing in the second half of that sentence. While implied, their absence makes your meaning a bit unclear.
Uh, not to beat a dead horse, but the meaning is CLEAR.

1. I found something funny.
2. Many people did something.
3. They
a) posted about the Bears/Cubs
b) not said about Lions/Tigers.

The phrase, "and not said a single word ..." needs a subject. The only subject in town is "people". To interpret the latter phrase as meaning, "and (no one has) said a single word ..." is to invent a subject not previously introduced.
  #157  
Old 06-04-2019, 10:22 AM
Acsenray is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: U.S.A.
Posts: 35,726
Bears are native to North America. I'd guess there have been bears at some point or another in the Chicago region. It's not like tigers and lions, which are completely foreign species.

Anyway, I don't think that's the point. Animal mascots aren't there for the sole purpose of claiming a local species. It's for the associated characteristics.
__________________
*I'm experimenting with E, em, and es and emself as pronouns that do not indicate any specific gender nor exclude any specific gender.
  #158  
Old 06-04-2019, 10:57 AM
Atamasama's Avatar
Atamasama is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 3,437
Quote:
Originally Posted by DSYoungEsq View Post
Uh, not to beat a dead horse, but the meaning is CLEAR.

1. I found something funny.
2. Many people did something.
3. They
a) posted about the Bears/Cubs
b) not said about Lions/Tigers.

The phrase, "and not said a single word ..." needs a subject. The only subject in town is "people". To interpret the latter phrase as meaning, "and (no one has) said a single word ..." is to invent a subject not previously introduced.
At least two people mistook your meaning. That’s all you need to know. I explained why.

The horse is starting to smell bad now so I’m walking away from it.
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:59 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@straightdope.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Copyright © 2018 STM Reader, LLC.

 
Copyright © 2017