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Jargon Genesis: Throw in the Towel

“If we don’t get any traction with our sales in Asia this year, we’ll have to throw in the towel.”

packers-dont-throw-in-the-towel[1]Ever wondered about that phrase? You who are fans of boxing might be well versed in its etymology. Back in the day, whatever day that was, boxers would return to their corner after having their face bludgeoned by their opponents. There the manager, whose face was not bludgeoned, would give sage advice and wipe their fighter’s face clean with a sponge. I am inclined to derail this etymological explanation with a diatribe against a “sport” that is so barbaric, it regularly leaves its participants brain damaged, but I will restrain myself. Continue Reading