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trophoblast on March 1st, 2003 02:49 am (UTC)
Did you take part in forming this diagram? :)
What do you call doing circles in your car?
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Totally Ferretdiscoflamingo on March 1st, 2003 09:26 am (UTC)
At home, we call it "whipping shitties"
and we're apparently some of the only people that do. For a moment, it just made me proud to be from Northern Wisconsin, like the people who call a "daddy long-legs" the daddy graybeard.
ninja in the shadows: justso_cockyseiryu_16 on March 1st, 2003 10:32 am (UTC)
Re: At home, we call it "whipping shitties"
That's WACK, yo. But evidently there is a wee little dot in MY state that indicates there are people that say it THERE, too... yow ::shakes head:: Nifty.
uuintermutedrchase on March 1st, 2003 09:06 am (UTC)
The question is a bit misstated. The art of doing donuts is more sliding in circles than driving in circles, as the turning radius is a lot tighter. Those are the most fun donuts to do -- when the diameter of the circle is almost exactly the length between front and rear wheels. : D

(the car was basically spinning around on its y-axis)
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Nintendodiscoflamingo on March 1st, 2003 09:33 am (UTC)
The question is mis-stated because the respondent needs to be able to fill in the blanks. If you ever get a chance to do a dialect survey (I did a very small one in my Sociolinguistics class), you need to get intentionally vague so that the question doesn't make people respond with a non-instinctual word. For example - I've heard the word "cruller" before, but I have no idea what it means. Do you know what "shining" is?

But that is a bad-ass shitty you be whipping in the picture, I must say ;)
uuintermutedrchase on March 1st, 2003 09:40 am (UTC)
Ahh...I get it now. : )

I'm going through all the questions..some of them are quite amusing!
Moxie Crimefighter: kittydrowdancer on March 1st, 2003 11:47 am (UTC)
well, i know what shining is, much to my chagrin. but in my experience, whipping shitties only applies to the use of a hand brake to make a 180 degree turn, a turn out of which you accelerate like a fiend and get the hell out of dodge. in high school, whipping shitties was usually the best way to beat a bunch of your friends out of the parking lot, especially when you have a dilapidated station wagon which impedes everyone else's progress in the process [not a reference to me.]
Josiah Carlsonchouyu_31 on March 1st, 2003 12:28 pm (UTC)
It all depends on the dialect. In my area, we used the 'doing donuts' and 'whipping shitties' interchangeably (with a serious emphasis on 'doing donuts'). As far as their meaning is concerned, for us, they were the same.

What would we call using a hand brake to make a 180 degree turn? A '180'.

Any non-powered skid through the use of a hand brake would be referred to as the number of degrees we had rotated.

Any powered turn, if used to turn, was just 'breaking the ass-end loose' or 'breaking it loose'.

Any powered turn, where the desire was just to turn in a circle repeatedly, was 'doing donuts'.
King of the Voidabaddonx99 on March 1st, 2003 05:15 pm (UTC)
I've always known using the hand brake to make a 180 as a "smugglers turn" or a "bandit's turn". Got that from my dad, who used to pull them in the canyons in the New Mexico desert near his grandma's house. He claims that smugglers would lead cops into dead end canyons, pull the turn and blast past them as they came to a stop. I have to admit, I've only heard whipping shitties used very infrequently, and only to describe full 360 degree turns. Most of the time, I refer to them as turning donuts.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on March 3rd, 2003 05:27 am (UTC)
Bootlegger's turn
is what we call the "smuggler's turn".
Parapluie dans la Rue de Parisscathach on March 1st, 2003 03:12 pm (UTC)
I didn't have a car until after graduation from COLLEGE, and so didn't call it anything.