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2 weeks 2 days ago #19059 by porthawk
Tait is doing a quick profile of Devon Dotson, Quentin Grimes and David McCormack.

Here are the ones for Dotson and Grimes. When the McCormack one comes out, I'll post that here.


Devon Dotson: www2.kusports.com/weblogs/tale-tait/2018...sas-pg-devon-dotson/

Quentin Grimes: www2.kusports.com/weblogs/tale-tait/2018...s-sg-quentin-grimes/
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2 weeks 2 days ago #19061 by murphyslaw
A bonus from the comments: I found out what "drop a dime" meant!
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2 weeks 1 day ago #19063 by HawkErrant

murphyslaw wrote: A bonus from the comments: I found out what "drop a dime" meant!


Ah, but that is the new usage of the phrase as it relates to basketball (and perhaps to other sports that track "assists"), where it it s good thing.

The old usage? You wouldn't want people to discover your were "dropping dimes" on them.

Excerpt from What is a "Dime" in the NBA?:
Why is an assist called a dime?
The origin of a basketball assist being called a dime isn’t readily known. There are a variety of theories, but the most common assumption is that it came from earlier times when pay phones were available across the US. When payphones were most popular (long before cell phones were the norm) it cost a dime to make a phone call. If one needed to make a phone call, it was common for that person to ask, “does anyone have a dime?” In this sense, “dropping a dime” or giving someone a dime was assisting someone to make a phone call. Most people believe this phrase ended up transferring over to the NBA as helping a teammate make a basket.

Although “dropping a dime” is considered a positive move for basketball, it doesn’t always have positive connotations when used in other circumstances. For example, “dropping a dime” is a way to label a person a snitch or someone who tells on another person. Again, the reference to making a phone call is used as when someone tells (calls) authorities to inform someone has broken the law, thus snitching on them.

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And here's a nice write up from Quora.com on the original meaning of the phrase, which dates back to the mid-20th Century when it cost a dime to make a local call at a pay phone --

Mark Kulka, former Social Worker for 30 years
Answered Nov 19 2017 · Author has 637 answers and 166.8k answer views
To drop a dime means to surreptitiously report someone to authorities. This is usually done anonymously. It is also known as snitching.

The phrase dates back to the time long before the mobile phone era, when coin-operated pay telephones were commonplace. While a mobile phone today belongs to a person (the owner) who can be identified via phone records, old landlines phones belonged to a place or location.

The distinction may seem obvious, but it is important to keep in mind in order to understand why a public pay phone was the snitch's favorite reporting device. It is almost impossible to trace a specific call originating from a pay telephone located in a public place to a specific person if the caller declines to identify him- or herself.

For several decades spanning the middle of the 20th century the initial charge for a call from a pay phone was 10 cents (a US dime). The coins were inserted into the phone through a slot on the device. Hence “dropping a dime” initially meant simply placing a call from a pay phone. Later on the phrase acquired the special meaning of snitching from a pay phone because that device was used so often by anonymous informants. Finally, the slang phrase came to mean any act of snitching, regardless of the means.

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And to steal from Paul Harvey (geez, I'm showing my age...), "now you know the rest of the story."

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2 weeks 1 day ago #19064 by murphyslaw
Velly Intellestink! Thank you!

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