Saturday, March 17, 2012

Punk







North Carolina wrestler Trevor Lee used to be a wet-behind-the-ears punk. He's still a punk in attitude, but as he's toughened up and thickened out, he's earned his place as a star player in the CWF universe. Still not too big to get his ass whupped, though, as the former regional champ Jason Miller showed him in this match last fall.

Little known unrelated fact: "punk" derives from a Gaelic word (spong*) referring to hot ashes still containing sparks of fire, later coming to mean "worthless." In Shakespeare's England the word was a slang term for "prostitute." In the America of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the word specifically meant a "male prostitute servicing male clientele." But by the Roaring 20s, it meant mainly "young and inexperienced."

So I like the word in the context of wrestling because it retains its sexual punch, through near onomatopoeia, if by no other means, but remains vague enough to cover a variety of crimes and character failings. (* Yeah, we get our word "spunk" from spong, too, which came to mean "courage" and "initiative" in the late 18th century and acquired its associations with reproductive discharge in the late 19th century.)

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