A couple of days ago, I posted an “Is it or isn’t it?” quiz. Only three people responded. None got an A+. Posting the people who got every single answer right would look kind of like this:
Instead, I will announce the winners (i.e. participants) in order of degree of correctness.
In third place, with 4 incorrect answers and 8 correct ones, is Michael5000, the mastermind behind the “is it or isn’t it?” genre.
In second place, with 2 incorrect answers and 10 correct ones, is the Internet’s only other Laura.
And finally, in first place, with only a mere 1 incorrect answer, is the world-famous Head of Tim.
The answer key, with definitions:
1. Layout is. It’s when you dive for a disc.
2. Hippie dust isn’t. I have no idea what hippie dust is. Maybe the powdery stuff at the bottom of a bag of pot? (Just Googled it: apparently, it’s nutritional yeast. Which makes sense, because Asa LOVES nutritional yeast. It’s a good source of B-vitamins, which is not why he likes it but I thought I’d throw that out there. But more importantly—MDIC is Hit Number #3 for “Hippie Dust.” Nice.)
3. Scoober is. It’s a very difficult inverted throw that I can’t do. You use a grip similar to that of a forehand, except that you throw it at shoulder height and you release it upside-down.
4. Poofer isn’t. Poofer is, however, an entirely made-up word. (Or not. I just Urban Dictionaried it, and it turns out that poofer has many meanings, including the following: 1. A gay man. 2. A quiet fart. 3. Someone who tells you only what you want to hear; a yes-man. 4. Someone who listens to Neil Diamond (PS—went to his website to find a good image and got really into listening to his new album. Guess that makes me a poofer).
5. Assist isn’t. I think that’s more of a basketball thing.
6. Thumber is. It’s another advanced frisbee throw that I can’t do. Actually, in my experience, most people can’t—but lots of people try anyway. You basically grip the disc with your pinky—just kidding. With your thumb! Because it’s a thumber! Right. If you want to learn more about it, read about it here.
7. Hammer is. A hammer is very similar to a scoober except that you release the disc over your head instead of over your shoulder.
8. Sickle isn’t. Sickles can go hand and hand with hammers—just not on the frisbee field.
9. Flick is. It’s another way to say “forehand,” and it gets its name from the motion of your wrist as you release the disk. You know, like, a flick of the wrist.
10. Going ho is. It’s basically when you lay out for a disc, and it’s short for “going horizontal [to the ground]“.
11. Flashjack isn’t. Pretty sure that “flashjack” isn’t anything. (Wrong again—I guess it’s a kind of wallaby. Goddamn internets! You can’t make up any words these days! They’re all taken.)
12. Goose egg isn’t. I think a goose egg is just one of those things that hatch baby geese. The Urban Dictionary provides several other alternative defs, some of them more appropriate than others. Actually, Asa uses it to refer to injuries that result in giant bulbous masses protruding from your body (which do happen occasionally while playing Ultimate—often after going ho while laying out for a disc—a scoober, perhaps, or maybe a thumber). So I suppose you could consider this a frisbee term, in which case TimsHead deserves a round of applause for his A PLUS!