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Uneven Bars

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BarcodeZebra Wed 20-Aug-08 20:37:55

I'm a little late with this but WTF...

When did we start to refer to the "uneven bars" in gymnastics? Are we now to dim to understand the word asymmetric?

We didn't podium in this event, much less medal....

harpomarx Wed 20-Aug-08 20:38:56

so, are the other ones called 'even bars' now?

palaver Wed 20-Aug-08 20:39:39

What do they call the parallel bars now? The same height ones?

harpomarx Wed 20-Aug-08 20:40:28

'cos parrallell (sp?) is a well tricky word.

SqueakyPop Wed 20-Aug-08 20:40:28

Why is asymmetric any better than uneven?

moodlumthehoodlum Wed 20-Aug-08 20:40:28


I have been hmm all through the olympics at this new verb "to medal". How ridiculous.

palaver Wed 20-Aug-08 20:40:28

x post harpo smile

palaver Wed 20-Aug-08 20:41:47

x post harpo smile

JackieNo Wed 20-Aug-08 20:42:10

grin. Barcode 'to podium', 'to medal'shockhmm?

SqueakyPop Wed 20-Aug-08 20:42:11

Why is asymmetric any better than uneven?

BarcodeZebra Wed 20-Aug-08 20:45:00

Well, in relation to each other they are asymmetric. Whereas they both look pretty even to me.

They've been called asymmetric bars for as long as I can remember. Why is there any need to change?

Lio Wed 20-Aug-08 20:46:01

Uneven makes them sound wobbly. Although they are, or course, symmetrical if you look at them perpendicularly, if you see what I mean.

SqueakyPop Wed 20-Aug-08 20:46:43

They are an uneven height from the floor, and asymmetric if the line of symmetry is perpendicular to the floor.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 20-Aug-08 20:47:34

Uneven bars sounds like what you find in
ye olde inns

BarcodeZebra Wed 20-Aug-08 20:47:43

Sorry, JackieNo, I forgot that without the application of the little yellow faces I am unable to convey irony.grinwinksmileblushsadhmm I've heard both podium and medal used as verbs and my skin crawls every time.

JackieNo Wed 20-Aug-08 20:49:01

It's really grim, isn't it.

SqueakyPop Wed 20-Aug-08 20:50:42

The whole medalling as a verb has been done to death by Nicky Campbell since the weekend.

PuppyMonkey Wed 20-Aug-08 20:50:47

asymmetric is a blardy brilliant word imho

Habbibu Wed 20-Aug-08 20:51:10

On the issue of "to medal", I refer m'learned friends to the following shock horror revelation.

SqueakyPop Wed 20-Aug-08 20:51:30

I agree, but I love all things mathematical.

Habbibu Wed 20-Aug-08 20:52:03

Barcode, you back to life then? Good to see Olympic pedantry still vexing you!

JackieNo Wed 20-Aug-08 20:52:04

Nooooo - say it's not so, Habbibu shock

Habbibu Wed 20-Aug-08 20:53:22

Tis. Positively ancient. keep meaning to tell Nicky Campbell. And BCZ threatened to do 'imself in over it.

palaver Wed 20-Aug-08 20:53:37

asymetric is far more precise IMHO as other have said uneven bars sounds like the bars themselves are uneven (like uneven steps) , not merely at differing heights

SqueakyPop Wed 20-Aug-08 20:55:23

Neither term is meaningful unless you have a point of reference.

Assuming the said point of reference is the floor, and looking on sideways, both terms mean exactly the same thing.

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