What's in a Word | All Blogs


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.

COMMENTS

Please Login or Register to leave a comment.




Recent Posts
More purple, please
By Penny Stine
Friday, September 19, 2014

Stunt Albums Prove There’s Dying Interest in New Music
By David Goe
Friday, September 19, 2014

How soon can you retire?
By Julie Norman
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bordeaux and Provence
By Nic.Korte
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Peppers a’plenty
By Penny Stine
Wednesday, September 17, 2014


TOP JOBS




THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Sign in to your account
Information

© 2014 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy