‘Yard sale’ means more than you thought

Posted by on January 24, 2013 in FYI

There are the yard sales we're all familiar with and then there are a whole other type of yard sale.

There are the yard sales we’re all familiar with and then there are a whole other type of yard sale.

Over at the hysterical and often naughty ‘Urban Dictionary,’ we decided to look up the term yard sale.

The website was created to help people understand slang terms and how they are used by different aspects of society. So if you look up a word or a term, you can find oodles of definitions for it. Most are the ‘unofficial’ definition. Even more are very, very saucy, so it should be noted that the site is mostly “not safe for work.”

That all being said, the term ‘yard sale’ has earned several, non-dirty definitions that we found quite interesting.

First up, we got a good laugh out of this description that we’re most familiar with:

Old, dirty, and/or broken, discarded items ranging from bathroom shower curtain rings, to under-stuffed chairs with oily stains and animal hair, for sale. Items are displayed on blankets and folding tables inside of a garage, or on the driveway, and across the lawn. Common identifiers of a “yard sale” are lines of cars (old and new) parked with two wheels sinking into a neighbors’ grass and women, usually in pairs, with big butts and wiggly arms, grabbing everything marked 50 cents. Cardboard signs directing drivers to the sale are seen for years after.

Next comes the definition as its applied to a skiing or snowboarding accident:

A bad wipe-out on the ski slopes, your gear’s all over the place: One ski over here, a pole over there, hat somewhere else.



A similar definition is offered for the term in ice hockey lexicon:
A term used in Hockey when a player is body checked so hard, equipment such as gloves, stick and helmet, are sent flying through the air.
For players of lacrosse, the term is cat-called by the opposing team when you get wiped out by a check:
In lacrosse, one player stick-checks another, knocking his stick out of his hand. Usually followed up by a loud chorus of “YARD SALE!!!” or “Hey, how much for that stick?”
Then there’s the version of the term where a person gets called a ‘yard sale.’
A person who is scattered and uncollected. A person who is drunken and disorderly
Dude: “Dang, that guy is a yard sale!”
You can even use ‘yard sale’ as an excuse:
An alibi often used to explain the origin of petty contraband. Often works because it is nearly impossible to disprove, plausible, and usually absolves the owner of guilt.
Officer: “Son, mind explaining where you got those milk crates with ‘Property of Milk Company’ written on them?”
Dude: “Yard sale.”
Officer: “Grrr.”
Or you can pull the yard sale prank on an unsuspecting homeowner.
This is a prank where you drive around town and pick up all the free stuff people leave on the side of the road. You then take this stuff, pack it up in a truck, and then throw it on another lawn. Then you put a ‘yard sale’ sign on their lawn, and as you drive away you scream “YARD SALE!”
As for us, we’ll stick to this definition: A great place to get great stuff at great prices.


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