February 10, 2014 by Charlie Eisenhood in Livewire with 1 comments
This article from Slate brings it all together: the Olympics, a media freakout, and the etymology of the verb ‘huck,’ which is, what do you know, traced to ultimate.
[quote]On Saturday, the British snowboarder Billy Morgan finished in a disappointing 10th place in the men’s slopestyle final. Explaining the outcome to the BBC, Morgan said, “I knew that maybe if I landed my run it’d put me up there on the podium, so I just thought, I’ll just huck it.” But that’s not what the BBC heard.
The interview was cut short, and BBC presenter Hazel Irvine apologized to viewers for the offensive language. Clearly, an overanxious producer thought that Morgan had said “fuck it” instead of “huck it.”[/quote]
The author goes on to trace the history of the use of the word ‘huck’ in an athletic context. It’s a great read, check it out.