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TUCKER

Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:28 am

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Pronunciation: têk-ê(r) • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Verb, Noun

Meaning: 1. (Verb; US Regional slang) To tire completely, to exhaust, to fully wear out. 2. (Noun; Australian slang) Food.

Notes: Every now and then we like to toss in a popular slang or regional term and today we have just the word for that category: tucker as in "plumb tuckered out". This phrase is still moderately common down South, especially in the Southwest. Plumb in that phrase is just as interesting. Anything that is plumb is absolutely vertical, perfectly aligned, so it is easy to see how in some areas it became a synonym of absolutely and perfectly.

In Play: In addition to a geographical region where this word is heard, there is a generational region as well. Those of us in the upper age levels will be heard saying things like: "I don't like riding these new-fangled bicycles that don't even have wheels because they tucker me out something awful and I don't even get anywhere!" In Australia, you might hear something like this: "Tucker tucked away almost all the tucker before the party began."

Word History: A tucker was someone who finished woven materials by stretching them on tenters. Tuckers 'tucked', that is, stretched to the limit, newly woven cloth before putting it on sale. 'Plumb tuckered out' would be the state of someone who had just been stretched to their limit, as though on a rack. (Today's Good Word is dedicated to one of my childhood heroes, actor George 'Gabby' Hayes [1885-1969], pictured at the left, who often found himself "plumb tuckered out" from supporting the leading man in the 190 mostly western movies he played in.)
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Re: TUCKER

Postby MTC » Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:28 am

Stories behind the word "procrustean" and the idiom "on tenter hooks" spring to mind.

Procrustes, of course, is the mythical robber who stretched his victims over a bed frame giving rise to the meaning, "producing conformity to an arbitrary standard through violent means."

While "on tenter hooks" refers to hooks on wooden frames used to stretch cloth, giving rise to the meaning "in a state of tension or uncomfortable suspense." It appears this is essentially the same process which produced "all tuckered out."

All under the same tent, you might say. If that's not stretching the truth...
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Re: TUCKER

Postby LukeJavan8 » Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:40 pm

To say nothing of boys and men given the name Tucker,
among them Former VP Gore's son.
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Re: TUCKER

Postby Slava » Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:47 pm

Here's Gabby:
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Let's not forget that Procrustes went both ways. He stretched or squeezed and cut off as he desired.
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Re: TUCKER

Postby bamaboy56 » Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:15 pm

Being born and raised in Texas and now hailing from the Deep South, I have heard "being plumb tuckered out" all my life. Say that down here and everyone immediately knows you're exhausted, usually in the physical sense.
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Re: TUCKER

Postby Philip Hudson » Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:11 am

Do any of you elderly folks remember the Tucker automobile? Scams are not anything new. According to Drew Pearson the first demo model would not run unless it was pushed down a ramp. And the "inventor" was poised to make millions from investors. At least one evil scheme got scotched. Alas, no! The existing Tucker models sell at a very high price. Sort of like the Spruce Goose.
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Re: TUCKER

Postby LukeJavan8 » Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:47 pm

Rode in a Tucker one time. Forgot all about it til you mentioned
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Re: TUCKER

Postby Slava » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:23 pm

Philip Hudson wrote:Do any of you elderly folks remember the Tucker automobile? Scams are not anything new. According to Drew Pearson the first demo model would not run unless it was pushed down a ramp. And the "inventor" was poised to make millions from investors. At least one evil scheme got scotched. Alas, no! The existing Tucker models sell at a very high price. Sort of like the Spruce Goose.
It's a bit before my time, but quite coincidentally there's a write up about them in the current Smithsonian magazine. The last one sold went for $2.9 million.
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Re: TUCKER

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:13 pm

No wonder they weren't so popular!
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Re: TUCKER

Postby LukeJavan8 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:43 pm

It's a bit before my time, but quite coincidentally there's a write up about them in the current Smithsonian magazine. The last one sold went for $2.9 million.

Thanks for mentioning it, I am about 3 mos. behind in
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Re: TUCKER

Postby bamaboy56 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:44 pm

The Tucker automobile was just a little before my time. Your mention of it here piqued my curiosity so I Googled it. Fascinating! Not a bad looking car, either. I've seen some old cars at various car shows but have never seen a Tucker. I was really intrigued to read that the inventor also built what is known as the Tucker Combat Vehicle (complete with turret) but was not accepted by the military because, among other things, it was "too fast". Wonder why I've never seen one of these before.
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