Visit the Turk
Posted: 12 January 2018 10:44 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Background:  An article about the Buffalo Bills, a U.S. football team, and their ned for a better quarterback.
https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/gm-brandon-beane-says-bills-are-still-in-the-process-of-finding-a-franchise-qb/

In the reader comments, I found this:

“The Bills have a lot of needs and a few big decisions to make. Taylor is not one of them, he is on the trading bloc and about to visit the turk if there are no takers. Arizona is a likely landing spot for Taylor.”

Taylor is the current quarterback, likey to be replaced.

“Visit the Turk” seemed vaguely familiar, and the meaning is clear enough: be disposed of, metaphorically killed, etc.
I googled it.  Nothing.  Tried phrasefinder.org.uk.  Nada en absoluto.

Any ideas about the origin of the expression?

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Posted: 12 January 2018 12:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The line should probably be get a visit from the Turk, because the Turk is the guy who gets sent to tell a player he has been cut from the team, usually quietly/privately to avoid a scene. But the Turk could have morphed from visitor to visitee.

Urban Dictionary says of Visit From the Turk:

“Slang for being fired, especially from a sports team. The term is most commonly used in the preseason, when teams must cut players to conform to a maximum roster size.”

It’s been around longer than I would have thought. This purports the saying was originally used by Don Paul of the L.A. Rams. Presumably he said it in 1955, his last year with the Rams.

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Posted: 12 January 2018 01:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks very much, Bayaker!

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Posted: 12 January 2018 02:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I add my thanks—that’s a great bit of jargon I was unfamiliar with!

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Posted: 12 January 2018 03:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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The Turk has appeared in Oz.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/therell-be-no-visit-from-the-turk-for-jarryd-hayne-at-49ers/news-story/124481a90fa4c3f8bcd0d0ec426e65a3

No etymology, but a lot of flavor and live examples:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/therell-be-no-visit-from-the-turk-for-jarryd-hayne-at-49ers/news-story/124481a90fa4c3f8bcd0d0ec426e65a3

The Pro Football Hall of Fame website credits former L.A. Rams linebacker Don Paul for coining the phrase “the Turk.”

Clark Shaughnessy, who coached the Rams in the late 1940s, cut his players in the middle of the night. He reasoned the bad news would be easier to stomach when the player was still trying to wake up. Shaughnessy would send someone to his dorm room to wake him and tell him to pack his bags and report to Shaughnessy’s office. The player’s absence would be noticed when the team gathered in the dining hall for breakfast.

“The Turk strikes at night,” Paul would yell

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/beware-the-turk-at-cut-down-time-in-nfl/2292208

[ Edited: 12 January 2018 04:01 PM by cuchuflete ]
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