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O Power



This story has been making the rounds, so pardon me if you've already seen it. The New York Times reported this weekend that the hand sign that University of Oregon fans use to mean "O" (see picture above) is the American Sign Language sign for "vagina". An old UO classmate of mine posted a link to the story on Facebook, and of course our old crowd were all, "That's awesome! Vagina power, hell yes!"

It was amusing, then, to discover that the New York Times story treats this as an "oops". Apparently it's embarrassing to make vagina signs? I don't know. Even funnier was my brother, who roots for Oregon State University and hates the UO, who e-mailed the link to everybody in the family with the subject-line "Thought you might like to know" and the comment "just saying". Pretty ironic coming from somebody who roots for a team called the Beavers!


Nike gloves for UO football players

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akirlu
Nov. 21st, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
And in the same sophomoric vein, I will confess to some amusement that you're using the word 'root,' given it's Aussie slang connotations...
randy_byers
Nov. 21st, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Indeed!
grytpype_thynne
Nov. 21st, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
M'hinge!
That was it, but it won't let me post a blank field.
randy_byers
Nov. 21st, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
Re: M'hinge!
Perfect! I need to teach that call to Duck fans. That should confuse the hell out of just about everybody.
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randy_byers
Nov. 22nd, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
It's not God's country, it's Goddess country!
kim_huett
Nov. 22nd, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
I had always assumed that Oregon was beaver country so this story merely confirms it for me.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 22nd, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
"I'm a beaver born and a beaver bred, and when I die I'll be a beaver dead." Learned that in grade school in Portland, a couple of years ago. Oregon is officially, not just idiomatically, the Beaver State.

-- Denys
randy_byers
Nov. 22nd, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
I remember that one too! Although I was actually born in Indiana, so I guess my beaverhood is questionable.

Edited at 2011-11-22 05:07 pm (UTC)
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