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    Default Screw it or nail it?

    Something that's bugged me for ages...

    Nailed it! When you do something right.
    Screwed it! When you stuff it up.

    Any etymologists?

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    The modern sense of screwed originates in the mid-1600s with a sense of to screw as a means of "exerting pressure or coercion", probably in reference to instruments of torture (e.g. thumbscrews). It quickly gained a wider general sense of "in a bind; in unfortunate inescapable circumstances".

    The above is what Wiki says. Seems plausible.
    I always thought that a screw is something more permanent than a nail and that is difficult to extract.
    As an aside, screwing is used in english in reference to sex, yet other european languages use 'nailing' in the same context.
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    There's a band called "Nine Inch Nails" bands title doesn't refer to a building product, but I didn't know that until my younger sister told me.
    "A big boy did it and ran away"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moondog55 View Post
    There's a band called "Nine Inch Nails" bands title doesn't refer to a building product, but I didn't know that until my younger sister told me.
    And the band called Steely Dan, a steam-powered adult toy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UseByDate View Post
    And the band called Steely Dan, a steam-powered adult toy.
    Never knew that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phild01 View Post
    Never knew that!
    Well known to Steely Dan fans.

    “What Is a Steely Dan?


    Although Steely Dan's music was rooted in jazz and blues, the band's name came from a literary source--Edgar Burroughs' novel "Naked Lunch," which made mention of a "steely dan," a steam-powered adult toy. This playful reference fit perfectly within the framework of Steely Dan's angular arrangements and Fagen's often bitingly cynical and sarcastic lyrics.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by UseByDate View Post
    Well known to Steely Dan fans.
    Well FM...thought I was a Danfan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    The modern sense of screwed originates in the mid-1600s with a sense of to screw as a means of "exerting pressure or coercion", probably in reference to instruments of torture (e.g. thumbscrews). It quickly gained a wider general sense of "in a bind; in unfortunate inescapable circumstances".

    The above is what Wiki says. Seems plausible.
    I always thought that a screw is something more permanent than a nail and that is difficult to extract.
    As an aside, screwing is used in english in reference to sex, yet other european languages use 'nailing' in the same context.
    What's better than nailing a pie on the wall?
    Screwing a tart on the floor
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    Quote Originally Posted by phild01 View Post
    Well FM...thought I was a Danfan
    LOL. Must try harder. (no static)

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    Quote Originally Posted by UseByDate View Post
    LOL. Must try harder. (no static)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3P-sAbRKpc&t=0s
    Headphones only except Moondog.

    Moondog: good test for your loudspeakers.
    Your best YT yet

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