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Wednesday, September 10, 2003

I didn't know "Smashmouth" was a real word. Check this out. From the "Word of the Day" email list I get.

smashmouth \SMASH-mouth\ adjective
: characterized by brute force without finesse

Example sentence:
Monday night's game, between two teams known for their hard-
hitting, aggressive styles, promises to be entertaining if you
like smashmouth football.

Did you know?
"Smashmouth" crashed its way into the English language
during the 1984 football season to describe the brutally hard-
hitting play that is characteristic of the game. It has since
been used to describe similar physicality in other contact
sports, such as hockey and basketball, and has even forced its
way out of the realm of sports into politics; we've been using
it to describe hardball tactics in politics since the 1984 U.S.
presidential election. However, this political application
of "smashmouth" never made it into the end zone. It occurs too
rarely in English to merit its own sense in the dictionary.