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If indeed it was a boxing term, Mr. Dunne, as a sports writer, would have had ample opportunity to have heard it and to introduce it to the world of base ball. It seems to have a fair spread of meanings in boxing, at least according to this site: http://www.hedbergska.sundsvall.se/roger/finalD.htm

Don't be discouraged by the large blank screen. Scroll down to 3.4. The boxer.




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Dear Faldage: before I made that post, I re-read all the previous posts, and just now searched all forums, and found no mention of tsuwm's posting about southpaws. I can't see any logic to OED talking about a southpaw boxer. Finley Peter Dunne started as a sportwriter at age 16. which would have been before 1900. The layout of the ballfield involved provides logic to the term. I like logic, and this is one more reason for me to say bad-word the OED/


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I *did say that the base ball origin made more sense to me but I have, apparently, more respect for Sir James's modest collection than you do.

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Regrettably we will be unable to stage a debate between Finley Peter Dunne and Sir Boyle Roche. But I would enjoy separating you from your cash support of Sir Boyle. That would require a virtuoso performance on the Ouija board.


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>found no mention of tsuwm's posting about southpaws.

well, here it is (fwiw); switch to flat mode to follow the whole prehashed topic. [yapt alert]

http://wordsmith.org/board/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=words&Number=3738


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You guys tempt me to take the name of the Lord in vain (which still reminds me of wehen) I thought going back six months was far enough. That quote was over a year old, six months before I joined, you pair of elephants. (alleged possessors of phenomenal long term recollection of affronts)


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