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#31121 - 06/04/01 05:43 AM Quidnunc
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I am curious to know if anyone has come across the word 'POING.' An old Univ colleague assures me that this word is used to describe the action of a person/team coming from behind in a game/sport, to take victory. Further to this, the later you achieve this in any given event, the more effective and respectworthy your POING will be!

This is all very well, but I have yet to find any evidence that either confirms or contradicts this claim.

I would appreciate your thought and opinions on this quandry.


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#31122 - 06/04/01 09:05 AM Re: Quidnunc
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It's the French word for fist. Is your friend using a bit of Franglais slang?


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#31123 - 06/04/01 09:13 AM Re: poing
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the only place I've seen this word before is in cartoons as an onomatopoeia -- as when someone bounces of the side of a mountain where a tunnel opening has been painted. but I looked it up with OneLook; the only hit there was at AllWords, which gives poing as the F. word for fist. a google gives 79,000+ hits and asks the rhetorical question "did you mean: point". good luck.


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#31124 - 06/04/01 10:54 AM Re: Quidnunc
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Cartoons, I agree - Batman & Robin springs to mind!

Yes, I saw the French translation earlier today. I wonder if that 'fist' features an extended finger as the underdog overtakes the leader in said event!

Anyway, I have a feeling POING is representative of a type of word that people coin within a smaller community, (i.e. a group who play an unusual game at cards called BLOB?!) and which comes under close scrutiny once it reaches those outside the clique. Such an explanation is invariably moreso achievable through use of email/www and in the short term, will provide me with the temporary rest I need on the matter!

Talking of 'Blob', that is another question I must post! Fascinating game, one which I'm sure has several different names...







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#31125 - 06/05/01 03:47 AM Re: Quidnunc
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Registered: 12/20/00
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Loc: Berlin
> POING

Just in passing; 'Poing' is also the name of a small town not far from here. It's pronounced with two syllables not a diphthong (circa Po-ing).


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#31126 - 06/05/01 08:26 PM Re: Quidnunc
Gatsby Offline
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Registered: 10/16/00
Posts: 25
Loc: USA
I like the Ping Pong theory in this matter.Playing to 21 points, if you are leading 20 to whatever, you have to score 2 consecutive points to win not the requisite one, so therefore, the lagger very often creeps up and scores ahead...POING! No jumping across the net in my teeny tenny outfit!


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#31127 - 06/06/01 07:24 AM Re: Quidnunc
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Howdy, stranger xxxxxxxxxx. Just for fun, I ran your username through the anagram checker and came up with xxxxxxxxxx and, wait for it, xxxxxxxxxx. Fun, isn't it?


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#31128 - 06/06/01 07:38 AM Re: Quidnunc
Jackie Offline

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Just for fun, I ran your username through the anagram checker

paulb, you are feeling wicked today, too, I see! What on earth did the poor anagram thingie ever do to you?

I'm thinking of calling this stranger (welcome, by the way)
either 10X or powdered sugar.


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#31129 - 06/06/01 09:04 AM Re: Quidnunc
tsuwm Offline
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>10X

that's a shoe size for a blancmange.


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#31130 - 06/06/01 09:06 PM Re: Quidnunc
Geoff Offline
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I ran your username through the anagram checker and came up with xxxxxxxxxx
and, wait for it, xxxxxxxxxx. Fun, isn't it?


Well, you really did x-10d yourself, didn't you/ The name reminds me of the Michael Palin character in A Fish Called Wanda. (Assuming a "K" sound for "X")


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