Talk:box on the ear

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box on the ear[edit]

As the article says, a box (a blow with the fist) on the ear. I'd have thought you could hit just about anything. Mglovesfun (talk) 19:42, 3 February 2010 (UTC)

Yeah, delete.​—msh210 16:09, 4 February 2010 (UTC)
The only problem is that both box and ear have multiple meanings - and this term doesn't mean a cardboard box on an ear of corn. But probably delete. SemperBlotto 22:23, 4 February 2010 (UTC)
But if I were to wear cuboid object on my auricle, that would also be called a box on the ear? It would be quite easy to add more sum of parts definitions to this with the same logic. Mglovesfun (talk) 19:03, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

I was under the impression that the "box" part of the term implied closing the ear opening, creating a closed empty space. If you box someone's ears completely and seal off the opening, the air can be forced inward, rupturing the eardrum. You would literally be boxing the air into a space too tight. —This comment was unsigned.

See box#Etymology 3. It seems to have come from Germanic words meaning "blow" and "fist", from which comes also box#Verb, as in the sport of boxing. DCDuring TALK 00:29, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
  • Delete. We could retain at redirect to box#Etymology 3 and hope that no one succumbs to the temptation to combine Etymology 1 and Etymology 2. DCDuring TALK 00:29, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

Deleted.​—msh210 (talk) 18:22, 31 August 2010 (UTC)