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April 6, 2006

Slang of the Week: pumped/pumped up (adjective)

After six months of unemployment, Stan was really pumped about his new job at the gas station.

Celebrity quote:
“For the first time out, I was really impressed with the way I was hitting the strike zone. I was really pumped up to get out there.”
-Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez on a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles

Pumped and pumped up are used about athletes, audiences, and bicycle tires. But these expressions can also describe muscles during a workout, when they are bigger from increased blood flow. Fans of the show Saturday Night Live will remember the sketch “Pumping up with Hans and Franz,” which featured comedians Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon wearing muscle costumes to parody Arnold Schwarzenegger. Their gym was called the Pumpatorium and their goal was to “pump you up!”

These days, few appear as pumped up as Barry Bonds, the San Francisco Giants player now poised to beat both Babe Ruth’s and Hank Aaron’s career home run records. Many believe that if he does, it shouldn’t count because of his alleged steroid use. The new book Game of Shadows, by two reporters from the San Francisco Chronicle, details the 41-year-old ball player’s use of various performance enhancing drugs.


What would Hans and Franz have to say about this? They might call him a “girlie man” (their favorite insult). One of the drugs Bonds is accused of taking is Clomid, which women take for infertility. So why would he be taking it? One benefit of Clomid is that it minimizes steroid side effects, such as the dreaded gynecomastia, or growth of female-looking breasts on men.  


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