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Postby eberntson » Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:21 am

peal

• noun 1 a loud or prolonged ringing of a bell or bells. 2 a loud repeated or reverberating sound of thunder or laughter. 3 a set of bells.

• verb ring or resound in a peal.

— ORIGIN shortening of APPEAL.

But then again couldn't this be the origin of the phase from high-school, "Hey dude, it was so cool, I pealed my moms car out of the school parking lot and smoked the tires for 100 yards."

It is so interesting that simple phrases and words we use, for me such as "peal", that I never really knew the real meaning of.
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Re: peal

Postby skinem » Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:01 pm

eberntson wrote:But then again couldn't this be the origin of the phase from high-school, "Hey dude, it was so cool, I pealed my moms car out of the school parking lot and smoked the tires for 100 yards."


I had always thought that you peeled out in a car.
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Postby Stargzer » Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:11 pm

Mrs. Emma Peel, hearthrob of many pre-teen and teenage boys in the 1960s.

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Postby sluggo » Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:45 pm

I concur with skinem's analysis. I always figured it was peel based on what's happening with the tire tread.

Of course I concur even more with gzer...
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Postby Slava » Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:47 pm

Stargzer wrote:Mrs. Emma Peel, hearthrob of many pre-teen and teenage boys in the 1960s.

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Whatever she had back then, it still works now. She was my family's favorite, I do believe.
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Postby Stargzer » Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:35 am

I concur with peel, as in peel wheel. I saw someone doing that back in 1972 or '73 in Worcester, Mass, near our apartment. Whoever it was was just spinning his wheels and smoking up the neighborhood. I called the police because I figured the card had to be stolen; no one in their right mind would burn that much rubber on their own car! I'm sure his treads were down to threads before it was over. There are worse smells than burnt rubber, but not many.
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Re: peal

Postby Stargzer » Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:38 am

eberntson wrote: ... But then again couldn't this be the origin of the phase from high-school, "Hey dude, it was so cool, I pealed my moms car out of the school parking lot and smoked the tires for 100 yards." ...


"Hey, dude, when your mom finds out, your butt's gonna be smokin' for a 100 days!"

I think of it as peeling the rubber off the tire, which is what's really happening. Some gets burnt in the heat of friction, but most gets ground off and left on the street.
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Postby Perry » Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:19 pm

Stargzer wrote:Mrs. Emma Peel, hearthrob of many pre-teen and teenage boys in the 1960s.

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Count me among the then throbbing hearts. It was a wonderful program, BTW.
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Postby eberntson » Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:15 am

You know I believe you are correct, but I appeal to you to be patient with me. Here is the sentence I found the word in;

"'An old devil! The old devil, perhaps. There! sir, you needn't laugh,' for Malcolmson had broken into a hearty
peal."
:twisted:

The quote is from Bram Stoker's story "The Judge's House" found in his collection of shorts called "Dracula's Guest".

But I think I could change my example to be more correct, such as:

"Hey dude, it was so cool, I pealed my moms car out of the school parking lot and peeled the tires for 100 yards." :wink:


Plus, "peal" is used a lot when referring to bells, such as "peal of bells", or "the full peal". I'm sure Quasimodo knew a good deal about peal'ng. The bells, the bells...

Mrs. Emma Peel was the best, a fine wine as sweet as eye candy.

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