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Old July 28th, 2020, 08:38 AM
'Efrem G Mallach' via Dixonary
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Default [Dixonary] Round 3091 GULLY-SHOOTING Results

Fellow players,

I was concerned that I might cause a family rift by passing the deal once again to my brother, but Nancy Shepherdson's early-morning (EDT) vote, which I found when I got up this morning, took him off the hook. Tim Lodge (def. #2, arguming on an invalid premise), with five points including two for his vote for the correct definition, has that honor. Alan Mallach (def. #11, going for an easy target), with four natural points, is the runner-up and traditional "winnah."

The correct definition of "gully-shooting" is #3, "pointing oars upward while rowing." It comes from The Wonder of Whiffling (and other extraordinary words in the English language) by Adam Jacot de Boinod, published in 2009. It may be both a rich source of Dixonary words and a fun read.It's also found in The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang by Eric Partridge (2003) Two perceptive players, the aforementioned Tim Lodge and Mike Shefler, voted for it.

Full results:

1. bowling very badly. From Abell, T. who did not vote. Voted for by: Keating, P.; Widdis, D.; Embler, D. Score: 3.

2. arguing on an invalid premise. From Lodge, T. who voted *3*, 14. Voted for by: Naylor, S.; Shepherdson, N.; Embler, D. Score: 5.

3. pointing oars upward while rowing. From Dictionary which could not vote. Voted for by: Lodge, T.; Shefler, M. Score: D2.

4. [slang] stealing stray or unbranded cattle. From Madnick, J. who voted 5, 10. Voted for by: Barrs, J. Score: 1.

5. [slang] engaging in a dangerous undertaking. From Carson, C. who did not vote. Voted for by: Madnick, J.; Mallach, A. Score: 2.

6. a cinematic technique used for filming atmospheric night scenes. From Naylor, S. who voted 2, 11. Voted for by: McGill, R. Score: 1.

7. the sport of shooting birds (usually pigeons) released from traps. From Keating, P. who voted 1, 11. Voted for by: None. Score: 0.

8. forming a dam or weir in a river for keeping fish or taking them easily. From Widdis, D. who voted 1, 9. Voted for by: Shefler, M.; Mallach, A. Score: 2.

9. in country line dancing, a series of forward triple steps combined with swivels known as snake hips. From Shepherdson, N. who voted 2, 13. Voted for by: Widdis, D.; McGill, R. Score: 2.

10. a photographic technique that uses false lines of perspective to make an object seem farther away than it is. From Shefler, M. who voted *3*, 8. Voted for by: Madnick, J. Score: 3.

11. attacking or seizing a stationary or easily harmed target; in criminal argot, identifying and pursuing an easy target, or gull. From Mallach, A. who voted 5, 8. Voted for by: Naylor, S.; Keating, P.; Barrs, J.; Bourne, T. Score: 4.

12. field videography by freelance videographers, who make up a larger pool of cinematographers, when small filler projects are needed. From Embler, D.. who voted 1, 2. Voted for by: None. Score: 0.

13. in squash or rackets, a ball which is played very close to the front wall and hits both side walls before legally hitting the front wall. From Barrs, J. who voted 4, 11. Voted for by: Shepherdson, N.; Bourne, T. Score: 2.

14. a competitive game, popular in the foothills of the United States' mountainous Pacific Northwest region, wherein the object is to traverse a gully in the least amount of time, usually by means of a raft or other light watercraft. Variants include gully-shooting without watercraft and gully-shooting with the object of crossing the stream or river that the gully feeds into. Also popular in New England, where it is known as a vale-run. From McGill, R. who voted 6, 9. Voted for by: Lodge, T. Score: 1.

No definition from Bourne, T. who voted 11, 13. Voted for by: N/A. Score: 0..

For those who prefer tables, here are the results in that form, in descending score order without regard for tie-breaking precedence:

Enjoy your deal, Tim!


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