Archive for September, 2010

Riding a Wave for U. S. Senate and for Governor in California

September 26, 2010

GOP Hopefuls in California on Different Paths: New York Times, Friday, September 24, 2010, by Jesse McKinley

Meg Whitman and Carly Forina, both former chief executives with personal fortunes of millions of dollars, are Republican candidates for governor and U.S. senator respectively.  “They’re trying to ride the same wave, but they’re riding it a little bit different, ” said Jack Citrin, a professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley.  “It’s like Fiorina is on a surfboard, and Whitman is on her yacht.”

The wave is the Republican Party’s momentum in the upcoming November election.

Of course, the surfing term, riding a wave, is not usually associated with yachts, but with surfboards.

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Congress Punts on Taxes

September 24, 2010

Wall Street Journal:  Friday, September 24, 2010

Congress Punts on Taxes

Democrats Put Off Showdown on Bush Cuts Until After November Election”

WASHINGTON-“Democrats abandoned plans to vote before Election Day on extending Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class while eliminating them for better-off Americans,…”

One cannot say that the Democrats “dropped the ball”.  They are waiting before making a decision.  Technically, when a team punts the ball in American football it kicks it to the opposing team, in this case the Republicans. (more…)

Striking Out at a Farmer’s Market

September 23, 2010

From Sarah McColl (pinkof in “Pea, Parsley and Walnut Pesto”, an article in Airways Magazine, THE GIST section;

“In the past I’ve been cautiously drawn to the familiar.   But this year, I am striking out. What pray tell is red mustard? (It’s fanastically spicy and wonderful in stir-fries.)”

A baseball player who fails to hit the ball when at bat strikes out.  The idiomatic meaning is to fail at doing something.

For example: If he doesn’t get the appointment, he will strike out. He tried to get the appointment and struck out.

I’m not sure the author used the idioms correctly; it’s rather confusing as at first she doesn’t know what “red mustard” is, but then she likes it for certain things.

Two Balls for Two Lifestyles

September 23, 2010

This from “THE GIST”, US AIRWAYS Magazine.  Brian McCallen, a former senior editor for GOLF Magazine  writes an article about two different types of practice golf balls for trips, “the Floppy” and ” Night Flyer CL.”  “The floppy is built to last through thousands of hits.”  “The Night Flyer, a lighted ball “sets a new standard for after-dark play.”

Strictly speaking this is not a sports idiom/metaphor, but I like it.


September 23, 2010

From a “Karrass: Effective Negotiating 2 -Day Seminar” ad in “US Airways” magazine (9.10).

This was the title( You Can’t Hit a Target You Never Set) of an item to be discussed in the Karrass seminar.  One needs to set a goal/target to reach it.

Archery is a sport in which competitors shoot arrows with a bow at a target (target archery) or shoot animals for game. (hunting) or for fish (fishing). A target is something one shoots or aims at to score/to win, if possible.

DERIVATION: This expression derives from an old English sport;  bullbaiting dogs try to pull a bull by his nose to the ground. Gamblers placed a bet “on the bull’s eye” if he wished to make a bet. Crowns, an English coin, were used to bet so frequently “on the bull’s eye that the coin itself came to be called a bull’s-eye. Later, the term was applied to the black center of a target. The idiom right on the money is also derived from the ancient interchangeable use of a coin, bull’s-eye and the center of a target. A sentence in this case would be: ” You were right on the money with your speech.”

Waiting for a Wave

September 12, 2010

The Economist, August 28, 2010

New York

“A flurry of deals makes bankers salivate”

Investment bankers are delighted.  This (fiscal) quarter will probably see more mergers and acquisitions (M&A) than any since the crash.  Is a new merger wave widely predicted in the past year, finally breaking?

Surfers wait for a wave.  Investment bankers wait for deals, a wave of mergers between businesses on the horizon.