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Give it the old heave-ho

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Topic: 7) Give it the old heave-ho (1 of 8), Read 121 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 08:51 AM

Tami Tanoue, of Denver, Colo., writes: "There seems to be no single word -- a verb -- that means 'throw away' or 'dispose of.' 'Discard' is close but doesn't quite cut it."

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Topic: 7) Give it the old heave-ho (2 of 8), Read 107 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 12:17 PM

well, I have to ask why you would jettison 'discard' which, according to one usage guide, implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless -- and if the object at hand is truly worthless, you can always just scrap (or junk) it.

today's wwftd is...

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Topic: 7) Give it the old heave-ho (3 of 8), Read 97 times
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From: Ronald Graham (rgraham@chasecomm.ca)
Date: Friday, October 22, 1999 12:17 AM

The film industry uses the term "86" to
indicate something should be discarded,
taken away...as in "86 the jean jacket" if
you were telling an actor to not wear a piece
of apparel for a scene. I have forgotten the
origin of this sla

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Topic: 7) Give it the old heave-ho (4 of 8), Read 99 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Corners (barbarjo@pacbell.com)
Date: Friday, October 22, 1999 03:57 AM

round file it, dump it, toss it, discard it, throw it out, or away, trash it, shitcan it, burn it, or simply,lose it...



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Topic: 7) Give it the old heave-ho (5 of 8), Read 85 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Roger Gay (roger.f.gay@telia.se)
Date: Sunday, October 24, 1999 05:02 AM

"Toss" has also been used.

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Topic: 7) Give it the old heave-ho (6 of 8), Read 86 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Tami Tanoue (grifftan@msn.com)
Date: Sunday, October 24, 1999 11:06 AM

I'm the one who posted this one. I probably should have mentioned I encountered this particular word vacuum while writing a statute -- so I needed a word that would fit in with all the legal jargon that was around it. "Jettison," "scrap," "toss," "shitcan," and the others just don't work in legalese.

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Topic: 7) Give it the old heave-ho (7 of 8), Read 57 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Royce Alden (royce2000@yahoo)
Date: Saturday, October 30, 1999 09:01 PM

Ohhhh, legal words, to dispose in a wordy legal type manner. Hmmm, since I remember hearing that possession is 9/10's of the law...how about dispossess? I don't suppose disown would work.

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Topic: 7) Give it the old heave-ho (8 of 8), Read 19 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Chris Jewett (cjewett@indiana.edu)
Date: Friday, November 05, 1999 11:14 PM

When I read that, the verb "chuck" shouts in my mind. It has the connotations of throwing something away in a disgusted manner. Fun word.


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