fun with language: punter

16 04 2009
patriots_punter_4

in places outside of kentucky this image refers to a 'douche bag'

as far as i can tell, to ‘punt’ means to blow a send you should have had in the bag.  this term typically rears its ugly head in narratives about ‘blowing onsights’, but it seems usable any time you fail just before clipping the chains or grabbing the outtro jug.   

probably derived from the football (the real one – the one we built in america.  with american stuff) term meaning to ‘give the ball back to the other team by kicking it’.  this, of course, requires a total fail on offense prior to giving the ball back to the other team.  but in this case, the ‘punter’ is just the courier of failure rather than the dude who actually blew it.   i mean, let’s face it, the football punter is almost never the reason the team is giving the ball back.  unless of course he is also the quarterback.  in which case either 1) the team isn’t very good or 2) the quarterback has a strong leg.

so basically, a climbing ‘punter’ is more like a quarterback who throws a pick in the 4th quarter rather than the actual punter who is just a ball kicker.

so, in a couple of ways, punting is awesome.  first, you’re like a quarterback!  hooray!  and second, on the positive side, not only did you almost send, but you should HAVE sent.  in this case?  i say just count it.  that’s right: log on to 8a (or your snazzy home graphing system) and tick it.  you’ve earned it buddy/buddette!

-tt

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16 04 2009
peter beal

In British slang, punter refers to a person who really isn’t there for the right reasons, a tourist of sorts and an apt description of a certain type of climber.

16 04 2009
tissuetendons

wow. i’m so north american-centric it’s scary.

16 04 2009
peter beal

Is there a word like kentuckycentric?

16 04 2009
tissuetendons

hey…… oh, i got it. winnerific?

16 04 2009
tissuetendons

as an aside: i punted today. like, bad. crux 1? check. crux 2? check. easy out moves? foot slip. be careful what you write about because sometimes you define it in ‘the field’.

16 04 2009
peter beal

The American usage is fine as it metaphorically speaks to the last-ditch back to the wall effort that does little to affect the outcome.

16 04 2009
tissuetendons

dude. we both know ‘punts’ have quasi-caused victory in many an american football game. and in climbing terms it seems likely ‘punting’ is still useful for hardwiring moves into your schematic assembly. again; quasi-cause.

i’ve become a huge fan of punting all of a sudden. it’s like training through losing. brilliant.

17 04 2009
peter beal

Victory as in “victory.” Not quite the same glory factor. Fortunately climbing has no glory factor so punting is OK

17 04 2009
tissuetendons

no glory in climbing? clearly you haven’t seen this:

http://furyregister.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/credit-crunch/

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