“Go” as in “Go team”
Posted: 27 August 2017 03:01 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Someone, somewhere posted this.  “The OED gives, as meaning 19b (out of a whopping 48, most with subparts) of the word go, “To be successful, meet with applause or support.” The earliest citation of this use, from 1742, is “You must not tip us the Traveller; it won’t go here.”

I got lost at how ‘’...it won’t go here.’’ somehow became ‘’applause and support’’.

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Posted: 27 August 2017 03:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Actually, the first citation for this sense is

1699 B. E. New Dict. Canting Crew (at cited word) It won’t Gee, it won’t hit, or go.

The Fielding quote is the second.

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Posted: 28 August 2017 12:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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droogie - 27 August 2017 03:01 PM

Someone, somewhere posted this.  “The OED gives, as meaning 19b (out of a whopping 48, most with subparts) of the word go, “To be successful, meet with applause or support.” The earliest citation of this use, from 1742, is “You must not tip us the Traveller; it won’t go here.”

I got lost at how ‘’...it won’t go here.’’ somehow became ‘’applause and support’’.

droogie:

Going by what you have said, the essence is this:

“To be successful” was a meaning of “to go”. The example given is a sentence in which “it won’t go here” meant “it won’t succeed here.”

It’s easy to see how the “to be successful” meaning can leap to “meet with applause or support”.

But i’truth the “meet with applause or support” is quite by-the-by, since when one yells “Go Team!” we are urging them to succeed, (not really urging them to meet with applause or support). “Succeed, Woolloomooloo Wombats!”

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Posted: 28 August 2017 07:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Back when I lived in Chicago, a friend of mine had a button that said,

GO BEARS!

and in smaller type underneath,

AND TAKE THE CUBS WITH YOU!

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Posted: 28 August 2017 11:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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... The example given is a sentence in which “it won’t go here” meant “it won’t succeed here."…

After reading it put that way it suddenly makes sense and I’m a bit embarrassed that I didn’t see that immediately.

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Posted: 28 August 2017 11:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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it suddenly makes sense

That’s what you’re here for.  Go droogie!

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Posted: 28 August 2017 12:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I’m a bit embarrassed

And that’s what we’re here for.

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Posted: 28 August 2017 10:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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In Alpine rock-climbing circles, go is used to mean ‘be feasibly climbable’. (’The crack leading to that chimney looks as though it might go.’ ‘Nah: Doug tried it last year, says it won’t go.’) I always assumed it was a direct calque from German, but given this 17th/18th century cant sense, maybe not.

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Posted: 29 August 2017 02:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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In my youth at high school basketball games we had a stock cheer:

Go (insert name of rival team here), go!
Go (insert name of rival team here), go!
Across the floor and out the door,
Go (insert name of rival team here), go!

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