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Comment 02 Jan 2020

For those who wanted to know:

Q: More and more, I hear sportscasters use the word “physicality” to describe the physical strength of a football player or other athlete. Is this even a word? And what would be a better one to refer to a physically strong person?

A: “Physicality” is a legitimate word. Whether it’s a good choice as a sports term is another matter.

The noun “physicality” entered English in 1592, when it was another word for medicine or medical practice, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.

In 1827, it was first used to mean “the fact, state, or condition of being physical (as opposed to mental, spiritual, etc.),” the OED says.

In 1844, “physicality” began to be used in another sense: “the awareness of the body or of bodily sensation; a bodily function or experience.”

At the same time, it came to mean “the quality of being physically demanding; physical intensity; strong physical presence or appeal.” For example, a 1994 citation the OED refers to “the sheer physicality of the work.”

These days, sportscasters and sportswriters use the term in a couple of ways the OED hasn’t caught up with.


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Comment 30 Dec 2019

One Power 5 Conference will always get left out of the playoff; sometimes two.  The officials should be chosen from the unrepresented conference(s).

Comment 16 Dec 2019

Over 27 years of marriage, all of our pets have been "reconditioned strays".  But we kept a strict limit of 2 cats and 1 dog.  Over time, we've had 6 cats and 1 dog.  We currently have just two cats.

When we take in a stray:

  1. Quarantine for 48 hours.  This is to limit their contact with other pets in case of disease, etc.
  2. De-flea and wash.  We keep Frontline on hand for both cats and dogs.  Gets rid of ear mites, too.
  3. Vet appointment for blood tests and shots ASAP.  One stray dog already had advanced heart worm when he showed up at our door so we had him put down.  Feline Leukemia is also nasty.  A clean bill of health on the front of pet ownership can save money and heartache down the road.
  4. Good pet food.  Walmart/Box stores never used to carry good pet food but now you can find some decent stuff.  Go grain-free as much as you can.  We buy our food exclusively from the vet's office.  It's higher quality and can be tailored to your pet's needs (urinary tract issues, hair balls issues, etc.)
  5. Keep up on flea treatments and shots especially if, like our pets, they're the indoor/outdoor type.
Comment 10 Dec 2019

IMHO, he was never the same after he broke his ankle; like he battled with a fraction of a second of doubt each play.

Still, a great player and always a Buckeye.

Comment 02 Dec 2019

Petersen is exactly the kind of guy who could turn Michigan around.  So glad Harbaugh is staying put.

Comment 26 Nov 2019

I heard if you don't take a dump in someone's yard in Michigan it's considered rude.  Some kind of neanderthal tradition or something. 

Comment 26 Nov 2019

In 1990, my "key target" was Cindy Crawford.  That didn't work out either.

Comment 20 Nov 2019

I use weatherunderground.com > enter zip code > select 10-day forecast > nifty interactive graph