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Blowing It Across the Board

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Blowing It Across the Board [#permalink]

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12 Feb 2007, 20:32
In another thread, we got talking about how horrible it would be to get dinged at every single school you applied to. But what do you call such a phenomenon?

I voted for "Shooting the Moon." In the card game hearts, you normally try to avoid getting points. However, if you manage to get all the points in a hand, then you get to give all the points to you opponent, which is called Shooting the Moon. Of course, I recognize that this analogy only works half-way, but feel it at least has a somewhat positive connotation.

Lepium votes "FUBARed the application process" and, when questioned about the usage of the term, adds "FUBAR is both an adjective and a verb, so make your choice and go ahead. I personally prefer the verb version, i.e.: "I FUBARed the application season", 'cause it conveys the idea of you taking responsibility. On the other hand, FUBAR would be suitable to whine about the process, regardless of what you have achieved. But I recognize the CAPS / NON CAPS construction may sound awkward."

Your thoughts? In psychotherapy, "naming" your fears is an important part of the process. We can't let this horrible phenomenon go unnamed. Panicked 'clubbers deserve appropriate verbage for their posts!

What would you call this sad event, if you were dinged across the board?
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12 Feb 2007, 20:38
If I may, I'd like to change my version to "FUBARed this application season" to give it a somehow positive spin (this version gives the applicant the chance to rock the next application season).

Cheers. L.

PS: seems like pants pooping has finally caught up with us!
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12 Feb 2007, 20:41
Hey, you forgot my suggestion. If I get rejected from every school I'm going to say "Hand me a knife" as in hand me a knife so I can slit my wrists. Try saying it out loud, "hand me a knife" while make a cutting motion across your wrists.

Shoot the moon is more when you go after something really tough, and then accomplish it. It's the opposite.
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12 Feb 2007, 20:45
I'm going to "quit my job and start selling doorbells."
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12 Feb 2007, 20:59
dupe
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13 Feb 2007, 08:39

1. Shooting blanks (too much innuendo?) (As in "Where did you get in?" "Oh nowhere, turns out I was shooting blanks")
2. Striking out (too obvious?)
3. Made donations (As in "So where did you get in?" "Oh, nowhere, I was just making donations)
4. I got in to NFU (As in "So where did you get in?" "NFU" "North....Florida....University?" "Nowhere, f*k you!")
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13 Feb 2007, 08:51
How about "I g0t pwnx0r3d to teh m4x"?
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13 Feb 2007, 08:57

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13 Feb 2007, 08:59
How 'bout:

Adcoms have gone medieval on my @ss this season.

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13 Feb 2007, 15:05
How about "grab my ankles" as in Adcoms from all around hated my applications and made me grab my ankles.
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17 Apr 2007, 08:59
Going back in time, it seems that almost all of us succeeded in getting admitted to some very good schools. Apart from biggame (whose status I don't know), we have made it into the Elite and Ultra - Elite groups.

So, congrats to all and....phew! we didn't have to use any name...

Cheers. L.
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17 Apr 2007, 15:25
It's definitely good to be done with that whole "waiting anxiously" phase.
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17 Apr 2007, 16:00
Yeah, waiting really sucks.
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17 Apr 2007, 16:05
pelihu wrote:
Hey, you forgot my suggestion. If I get rejected from every school I'm going to say "Hand me a knife" as in hand me a knife so I can slit my wrists. Try saying it out loud, "hand me a knife" while make a cutting motion across your wrists.

Yeah. There's an image that couldn't come to haunt you.
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17 Apr 2007, 17:37
<---currently blowing it at every school - holding on to 2 wait lists
17 Apr 2007, 17:37
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