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Dousing undoubtedly deserved

By Debra Dobbins

When is a dousing a coveted honor? It’s an honor, indeed a joy, when your team wins the Super Bowl.

The Packers coach, Mike McCarthy, cannot be considered inexperienced or “wet behind the ears,” but Sunday T.J. Lang made sure that physically McCarthy was exactly that. (See the photo below.)

The verb “douse” goes far back in our language’s history. Webster’s says it was 16th century slang that probably came from the Middle Dutch word, dossen, defined as “to beat noisily.” It is no surprise, then, to learn from Webster’s that the first English meaning of douse was “to hit forcefully.”

Webster’s lists other definitions that include to lower sails, to quickly put out something such as a fire or light, to pull off items such as shoes or clothing, or to drench. The last definition is how the word is used in the caption below.

Douse is considered an action verb. Can you find other action verbs in the captions below the photo of McCarthy and Lang? The answers will appear tomorrow.

If the photos whet your curiosity to read more about the big game, the first three sports pages in today’s print or e-edition are packed with stats and even more pics.


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