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Re: Roundhouse punch

Posted by Bruce Kahl on January 25, 2004

In Reply to: Re: Roundhouse punch posted by ESC on January 25, 2004

: : ...delivers a crushing round house to the action genre.

: : What does "delivers a crushing round house" means?

: It probably refers to a "roundhouse punch." I tried to find an origin of that specific term and couldn't. However, I am guessing that the origin is round house (railroad term)/ roundhouse curve (baseball term)/roundhouse punch.

: ROUND HOUSE - A railroad term for "a circular building concentric with the center of a turntable on which railroad engines are turned, cleaned, and repaired, 1850s." From "I Hear America Talking" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Von Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1976). And there's a baseball term: ".roundhouse curve in the late 1890s, when it was also called a 'barrel hoop curve.' Christy Mathewson's outcurve was called a 'barrel hoop curve'." From "Listening to America" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1982). An online dictionary says: round.house -- Pronunciation: raund-haus. Function: noun. 1 archaic : LOCKUP 2 : a circular building for housing and repairing locomotives 3 : a blow delivered with a wide swing. From Merriam-Webster online at http://www.m-w.com/home.htm Accessed January 25, 2004.

A round-house kick is peformed by rotating the non-kicking leg so that the toes point backwards, bringing the kicking knee toward the target and snapping the foot forward striking with the instep or in some cases the ball of the foot.