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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-10 02:38 PM
Response to Reply #29
38. Hell, yeah.
DU is not a place where I could expect to insist that a given word can have only one possible meaning.
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  -Is 'balls to the wall' sexist language? pokerfan  Dec-30-10 03:37 PM   #0 
  - Nope.  Iggo   Dec-30-10 03:41 PM   #1 
  - I think so, I wouldn't use it.  jobycom   Dec-30-10 03:44 PM   #2 
  - But all it means is 'full throttle"  pokerfan   Dec-30-10 03:49 PM   #4 
     - Yeah.  jobycom   Dec-30-10 04:00 PM   #6 
        - Actually, it is not sexist at all.  av8rdave   Dec-30-10 05:27 PM   #21 
        - nice etymological history - good to know!  tigereye   Dec-30-10 07:21 PM   #28 
        - Just because you missed the double entendre doesn't mean most pilots did. nt  jobycom   Dec-31-10 04:54 AM   #29 
        - Hell, yeah.  Orsino   Dec-31-10 02:38 PM   #38 
        - I didn't miss anything about it. Re-read the origin.  av8rdave   Dec-31-10 06:34 PM   #43 
        - So, for the second time since 2004 I wander into the Lounge,  watrwefitinfor   Dec-31-10 06:04 AM   #30 
        - If you believe that one,......  WinkyDink   Dec-31-10 12:44 PM   #35 
        - You are just an anti-pikotite.  jobycom   Dec-31-10 05:15 PM   #39 
        - Um, fighter pilots are both genders these days  av8rdave   Dec-31-10 06:36 PM   #44 
           - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-31-10 10:38 PM   #53 
        - I thought it came from centrifugal governors?  krispos42   Jan-01-11 12:31 AM   #54 
        - I think that's "Balls Out". n/t  cherokeeprogressive   Jan-02-11 03:30 PM   #79 
        - Bingo! I remember 'throttle, prop, and mixture'.  trof   Jan-02-11 04:13 PM   #80 
        - Oh, for the love of God...! Cut that fucking politically correct crap!  DutchLiberal   Dec-31-10 10:36 PM   #52 
  - Not necessarily...  MiddleFingerMom   Dec-30-10 03:47 PM   #3 
  - if balls = testicles  Kali   Dec-30-10 03:53 PM   #5 
  - But it doesn't in this case  pokerfan   Dec-30-10 04:23 PM   #8 
  - then whoever called you on it owes an apology if you ask me!  Kali   Dec-30-10 04:40 PM   #13 
  - I had thought it was testicle oriented as well...  NewJeffCT   Dec-30-10 04:48 PM   #15 
     - But that's exactly why this phrase IS a bit sexist in current use.  Orsino   Dec-31-10 02:36 PM   #37 
        - So, if a batter in a baseball game has a count of 2 balls on him, is that sexist?  av8rdave   Dec-31-10 06:39 PM   #46 
        - I refer you back to "context is all."  Orsino   Dec-31-10 06:54 PM   #47 
        - I disagree  av8rdave   Dec-31-10 10:07 PM   #51 
           - we do it all the time.  OhioBlue   Jan-01-11 01:31 AM   #55 
           - I get your point, but...  av8rdave   Jan-01-11 09:08 AM   #57 
              - Happy New Year to you as well  OhioBlue   Jan-01-11 11:03 PM   #66 
           - No one's talking about "going back and changing the original meaning"...  Orsino   Jan-01-11 05:44 PM   #62 
              - Your last paragraph.  Chan790   Jan-01-11 11:05 PM   #67 
              - Then could you explain how people unfamiliar with the original meaning...  Orsino   Jan-02-11 11:37 AM   #73 
                 - Well...  Chan790   Jan-02-11 02:05 PM   #76 
              - You're correct, but because someone who doesn't know better finds it offensive  av8rdave   Jan-02-11 10:26 AM   #70 
                 - Right. Only someone who keeps using it...  Orsino   Jan-02-11 11:39 AM   #74 
                    - I use it all the time. The people I use it with (male AND female) are informed and aware  av8rdave   Jan-02-11 04:53 PM   #81 
                       - I couldn't ask for more than that. n/t  Orsino   Jan-03-11 08:57 AM   #82 
        - I had a baseball date once  panader0   Jan-02-11 10:36 AM   #71 
        - Etymology is absolutist.  Chan790   Jan-01-11 10:56 PM   #65 
           - I'll bet you a bundle of faggots that you are incorrect on this point.  Orsino   Jan-02-11 11:45 AM   #75 
  - except it was always, always meant as a double entendre.  Capn Sunshine   Dec-30-10 05:28 PM   #22 
  - Right. NOBODY TODAY is using it in ANY sense other than the off-color one.  WinkyDink   Dec-31-10 12:47 PM   #36 
  - If balls must = testicles, then please don't watch any sports events on TV!  av8rdave   Dec-31-10 06:37 PM   #45 
  - No. It has nothing to do with testicles.  The Velveteen Ocelot   Dec-30-10 04:02 PM   #7 
  - thanks!  Kali   Dec-30-10 04:36 PM   #12 
  - Thank you  av8rdave   Jan-01-11 09:15 AM   #58 
     - So you escaped from ATL and missed the blizzard mess out East.  The Velveteen Ocelot   Jan-01-11 12:38 PM   #59 
  - I've never used it because it made no sense to me, and sounded painful  petronius   Dec-30-10 04:24 PM   #9 
  - Is "man in the boat?"  Inchworm   Dec-30-10 04:32 PM   #10 
  - There will always be someone who will find anything you say offensive.  madinmaryland   Dec-30-10 04:34 PM   #11 
  - Witness some of the replies in this thread. n/t  cherokeeprogressive   Dec-31-10 05:44 PM   #42 
  - I think your post would have been better served  lukasahero   Dec-30-10 04:46 PM   #14 
  - Thank you  pokerfan   Dec-30-10 04:59 PM   #17 
  - Joby is wrong.  Chan790   Jan-01-11 11:24 PM   #68 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-30-10 04:53 PM   #16 
  - ~  Moondog   Dec-30-10 05:02 PM   #18 
  - ehh, I always thought it simply meant "intense"  tigereye   Dec-30-10 05:18 PM   #19 
  - To me to be sexist  tinkerbell41   Dec-30-10 05:23 PM   #20 
  - I don't think so...  one_voice   Dec-30-10 05:39 PM   #23 
  - Sexist? I don't know. Vulgar, definitely yes.  Redstone   Dec-30-10 05:43 PM   #24 
  - Only Udo Dirkschneider knows for sure  Throd   Dec-30-10 06:11 PM   #25 
  - I can't believe how far this thread got before someone posted that.  Withywindle   Dec-31-10 07:06 PM   #48 
  - Nnnnaw!  MrScorpio   Dec-30-10 06:18 PM   #26 
  - Oh, the copycat threads I self-censored!!!!!! n/t  MiddleFingerMom   Dec-30-10 07:02 PM   #27 
  - I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.  HughBeaumont   Dec-31-10 07:02 AM   #31 
  - can i just say -- i LOVE cursing -- cursey type phrases?  xchrom   Dec-31-10 07:11 AM   #32 
  - No, it is NOT sexist.  LucySky   Dec-31-10 08:37 AM   #33 
  - It's a vulgarism, if that's what you wanted to know. (PLEASE don't use that "etymology with pilots"  WinkyDink   Dec-31-10 12:44 PM   #34 
  - Udo didn't think so.  Forkboy   Dec-31-10 05:20 PM   #40 
  - It wouldn't make any sense if it was supposedly sexist.  Kaleva   Dec-31-10 05:26 PM   #41 
  - "Testicles to the wall?" um, no, I don't think so.  ThomCat   Dec-31-10 08:09 PM   #49 
  - copykick  MiddleFingerMom   Dec-31-10 09:24 PM   #50 
  - all male children should be aborted since they are *potentially* rapists  datasuspect   Jan-01-11 07:04 AM   #56 
  - The Land of the Amazons  Angry Dragon   Jan-01-11 01:25 PM   #60 
  - is that "your way?"  Skittles   Jan-01-11 09:54 PM   #63 
  - Isn't "balls to the wall" another way of saying walnuts?  Recovered Repug   Jan-01-11 04:23 PM   #61 
  - Crude, but I don't see what's sexist about it. Kind of like saying a business went tits-up.  JVS   Jan-01-11 09:56 PM   #64 
  - I got called out for using the word "picnic" once  alphafemale   Jan-02-11 03:37 AM   #69 
  - no.  Tuesday Afternoon   Jan-02-11 10:55 AM   #72 
  - Only if you can compare going really fast to  cherokeeprogressive   Jan-02-11 02:17 PM   #77 
  - splinters from wall  Bucky   Jan-02-11 03:05 PM   #78 
  - tits in the wringer?  snooper2   Jan-03-11 11:07 AM   #83 
  - If it's supposed to mean "testicles to the wall", ...  JustABozoOnThisBus   Jan-03-11 11:52 AM   #84 
 

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