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Gridders, spikers, cagers, grapplers, harriers and other slang

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by kingcreole, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. kingcreole

    kingcreole Active Member

    In a spinoff of the JV, jayvee, junior varsity thread ...

    OK, how does everyone here feel about using those words anywhere in the section?

    "Bumblefuck spikers sweep"
    "Podunk South gridders pound Podunk North"

    Personally, I frickin' hate any and all but see them from time to time especially in headlines. Please tell me it's never acceptable to use "spikers" for volleyball or any other slang nickname for any other team.
  2. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    I always wondered what the hell a cager was.
  3. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Ditto for me with harriers.
  4. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    I always fancied "thinclads" for track.
  5. I never realized until now how much those sound like slang for drug dealers. You could basically substitute them for hoppers, slingers, bangers and jugglers.
  6. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Worked with a guy who used to love throwing in old-school words in hoops stories - to be fair he was about 85 himself and probably watched Naismith's first game.

    "Johnsonville was led by Mark Smith. The senior cager meshed 14 points to go along with 12 caroms."
  7. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    I think "cager" stems from the fact that basketball courts originally had nets around them.

    And "thinclads" always makes me giggle for some reason.
  8. FishHack76

    FishHack76 Active Member

    If it were 50 years ago ... and it was a small, weekly newspaper in the middle of nowhere ... and you had too much to drink ... maybe.

    Otherwise, NO.
  9. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member


    Spnited didn't play in cage, he just covered the teams.
  10. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Signal-caller, anyone?
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I'm with Fish. Might go to 40 years and just tipsy, though.
  12. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

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