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41! 86! Hut! Hut!


Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Eating clean, along with exercise, has allowed me to lose over 40 pounds. I'll call the loss 41# here for the sake of argument (especially since I can easily drop a few pounds of water weight overnight). This explains the '41' in the title.

According to Wikipedia, "86","86'd", "86ed", or eighty-sixed when used as a verb in American English, is a slang term for refusing service or getting rid of something. This explains the '86' in the title; I've **gotten rid** of 41 pounds.

What about the 'Hut'? Where did this originate and what exactly does it mean? According to Wiki Answers:

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"The hut hut hut that American football players, mainly the quarterback or the punter, does that because that makes the two teams get ready for the play. Even though it not always hut; it could be on first sound, which means the quarterback sets up and says any word and the play is live.

This answer is entirely true, however there is a little more to it than that. It seems simple enough, it's a simple word. The origin of the word "hut" in terms of being a command dates back to at least the Roman Centurions. They would give a command and then shout "hut" to communicate that the command was to be executed at that time. For example, a Roman Centurion may say, "Centurion, forward march - HUT!" The Centurion would normally continue to shout hut every 4 steps in order to keep the soldiers marching in a uniformed fashion. So now you know when a QB says "hut!", what he is really saying is, "execute."

The reason Hut is particularly well liked is because, well think of noise as being high frequency and low frequency. In a football stadium, the noise is high frequency. Hut, however, is low frequency, meaning it is easier to hear."
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So there we have it! To yell out "41! 86! Hut! Hut!" in a SparkTeam huddle not only is a reminder of where I've come from, but it also reminds me that I'm a work in progress, constantly executing to maintain my healthy weight.




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