Verbiage

     Just how the fad of turning names of athletes into verbs got started is difficult to determine. Certainly the media spotlights focusing on Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow turning Linning and Tebowing into buzz words that flew around the talking heads and still pesters Internet users even now. Minutes after Colin Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards to lead the San Francisco 49ers to a playoff victory on January 12, 2013 Kaepernicking was coined faster than one can say “a star is born.”

For those sports luminaries born too soon to cash in on this phenomenon of throwing spirals, going viral, I offer my brief lexicon of sports neologisms.

Sayersing (after running back Gale Sayers), meaning to be elusive as in “The fox kept Sayersing away from the hunters.”

Jabbaring (after center Kareen Abdul-Jabbar), meaning to hook a piece of the sky through a booking as in “We made a wise decision by Jabbaring airline tickets three months before our flight.”

Espositoing (after goaltender Tony Esposito), meaning to reject unconditionally as in “Espositoing her husband’s offers for reconciliation, the actress proceeded with her lawsuit.”

McCoveying (after tall first baseman Willie McCovey), meaning to make a long stretch as in “Fred was known for McCoveying when recounting stories of his collegiate adventures.”

Mathiasing (after Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bob Mathias), meaning to show versatility or to multi-task as in “That morning Janet completed a watercolor, touched up one of her sculptures, and refinished an antique desk, ample proof that she had learned the art of Mathiasing.”

McEnroeing (after temperamental tennis star John McEnroe), meaning to intimate by tantrums as in “By McEnroeing all through dinner, Jennifer finally got her father to let her go to the party.”

Aling (after boxer Muhammad Ali), meaning agility when backed against the ropes as in “Bankruptcy is the best way of Ailing out of financial ruin.”

Maraviching (after high-scoring guard Pete Maravich), meaning counting on a long shot as in “We are Maraviching that the Royals will win the World Series this year.”

Butkusing (after formidable linebacker Dick Butkus), meaning to abruptly stop all forward progress as in “The senator kept Butkusing any proposal that was presented to his committee.”

Comanecing (after gymnast Nadia Comaneci), meaning achieving perfect results as in “Karen is in a class by herself when she starts Comanecing in the kitchen.”

Elwaying (after quarterback John Elway), meaning to rescue at the last minute as in “His mother thought the boy had gone down for the third time before Elwaying him.”

Fisking (after catcher Carlton Fisk), meaning to use body English as in “Mel’s trademark was Fisking after each shot at the pool table.”

Stocktoning (after unselfish guard John Stockton), meaning to give assistance as in “Stocktoning from their neighbors made the move into their first home very easy for the newlyweds.”

Nicklausing (after golfer Jack Nicklaus), meaning to enjoy long drives as in “Trucker Dave didn’t mind six days on the road because he was used to Nicklausing all across the country.”

Pincaying (after jockey Laffit Pincay Jr.), meaning racing ahead of others to attain goals as in “Laura’s record of relentlessly Pincaying earned her a promotion to vice-president of the company.”

Let us all be thankful that the Internet trawlers searching for another athlete’s name to exploit have not discovered the man who was also surfing all over the place about 100 years ago: Duke Kahanamoku.

 
 

 

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

   

 

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