Lay down the run! And update your Olympic lingo
In the skiing and snowboarding events at the Olympic Games these days, we have many a super athlete giving us mere mortals lessons in linguistics. It’s actually sick, in modern terms that is.
Sick (“crazy, cool, insane“) was snowboarder Shaun White’s killer second run through the half-pipe, a near perfect, thriller of a ride, even after he had already clinched the gold medal. Dude’s on fire.
Lindsey Vonn showed us how to “lay down a run” with her daring downhill burst that brought her a gold medal. It appears that “throw it down” and “put it down” can also be used when talking about runs and races.
And then there are the broadcast commentators of a certain age who can be heard talking on their nice mainstream media about ”ripping” snow conditions and ”stoked” snowboarders. Granted these words are not new to the modern lexicon, but they may be to these people.
Finally, there is a quaint little Canadian phrase that just might be catching on to a wider world, because it is just too ambiguously funny to keep confined to Canada. That is “hurry hard” — the words Canadian curlers use to get their teammates to sweep harder. They have even inspired a new brand of condoms.
Heard any more at these Games? Let us know in the comments.
PHOTO: Silver medallist Hannah Teter of the United States waits for her score after her second run in the finals of the women’s snowboarding halfpipe on Cypress Mountain at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 18, 2010. REUTERS/Todd Korol