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hyhuu


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Etymology of the term "nailing"
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I googled it but with no luck. Does anyone know of the term's origin? I only see it used as part of the route description.

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I don't see how you can go wrong with urban dictionary here:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nailing

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1. Nailing 14 up, 27 down
The word nailing is another word for picking up a one night stand.
For example you are out with the boys on a Saturday night at a seedy Irish pub necking stubbies with the boys, it's about 2 am and your toey as a Roman sandle. Your standards are very weak at this time and you settle for the easiest target which is usually a larger girl, an older one, or one with red hair and many freckles. Once you have picked up this fine young lady you then take her back to your mates and give her a good nailing, once done you send your mates a text message saying nailed.


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hyhuu wrote:
I googled it but with no luck. Does anyone know of the term's origin? I only see it used as part of the route description.

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I'm definitely no expert here, but I always imagined "nailing" on a wall to be placing pitons (i.e. - hammering the piton into the wall), which is the same term that can be used on a construction site, for example, when "nailing" a wall, etc. In other words, it's the same action and therefore the same term.

But again, that's just my guess.


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In Italian (and likely other Romantic languages), the word for nail and piton is the same. One possibility is that it could be a borrowed term brought over by climber's who climbed in the Dolomites, etc and then came to the States.


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msaks wrote:
In Italian (and likely other Romantic languages), the word for nail and piton is the same. One possibility is that it could be a borrowed term brought over by climber's who climbed in the Dolomites, etc and then came to the States.

it's more simple than all of that.; climbers are lazt and shorten everything down. plus "piton" and "pitoning" are akward to say,,, hence you get "pin" and "nailing"
'throw me some pins so i can can nail this A1 pitch"


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"Nailing" is the same as "sewing it up"?


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"Nailing" is the same as "sewing it up"?
No. Nailing would be the use (pounding) of pitons (pins) while aid climbing instead of using clean gear.


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csproul wrote:
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"Nailing" is the same as "sewing it up"?
No. Nailing would be the use (pounding) of pitons (pins) while aid climbing instead of using clean gear.
Ok thanks, do you know if "nailing" says something about the distance between the pitons, the same way "sewing" means that there are little distance between the pieces?


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sittingduck wrote:
csproul wrote:
sittingduck wrote:
"Nailing" is the same as "sewing it up"?
No. Nailing would be the use (pounding) of pitons (pins) while aid climbing instead of using clean gear.
Ok thanks, do you know if "nailing" says something about the distance between the pitons, the same way "sewing" means that there are little distance between the pieces?
Not really. It is aid climbing, after all....meaning that the distance between pieces is always going to be very short (compared to free climbing) and limited to how far you can reach when standing in your ladders. Unless you are doing multiple hook moves in a row, an aid climb will always be "sewn up", at least by free climbing standards. Now, whether all of those pieces will hold a fall is a different matter.


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....a larger girl....older one....one with red hair and many freckles....

sounds a bit like me mum....


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