Crap Of The Week: Dan McNeil

A man paddleboards.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

A man paddleboards. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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(WSCR) This week’s Crap of the Week goes out to Dan McNeil.

This, from Scott.

On Tuesday, while discussing the finer points of Forgetting Sarah Marshall with another Score part-timer, Matt Spigel, Mac began regaling listeners with his recent trek to Hawaii.  Mac was comparing the Jason Segal character to his resorts’ water-sports instructor when he gave us this gem . . .
 
“He was teaching them different things.  He had a board that you would stand on and then use a paddle.  I don’t know what they’re called.”
 
Dan, the board that one stands upon and uses a paddle to propel oneself is called . . .a paddleboard!
 
Now, I know that you went to the Harvard of Delaware County, but I presume that you did not have a course in word origin.  So, let me help…
 
First, paddle comes from the Middle English padell, a spade-shaped tool for cleaning a plow, with a first known use around 1624.  Board also comes from the Middle English bord, a piece of sawed lumber or border from ship’s side, with a first known use before the 12th century.  Used together they form paddleboard, a long narrow buoyant board used for riding the surf or in rescuing swimmers, first used in 1938.
 
Now, in the future, if you need help with say, what to call a box full of sand in which children play, or what to call a pair of glasses that reduce the sun’s glare, give me a call.  I can help.
 
Danny, when it comes to wagering, you are a savant.  When it comes to lexicography, not so much.
 
Daaaan MaaaNeeel, WYC?