Talk:queer someone's pitch

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queer (spoil) one's [sic] pitch (sales presentation). Non-idiomatic combination. DCDuring TALK 15:25, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

I feel obliged to not vote as I've never heard of it, and the definition makes very little sense. Mglovesfun (talk) 15:49, 7 August 2009 (UTC)
Personally, I've never heard queer as a verb outside this phrase, which makes it idiomatic as far as my experience goes. Equinox 15:12, 10 August 2009 (UTC)
That's why we need to rely on corpora. Following are objects of the verb queer (spoil", "ruin) found in COCA: friendship, things (3), deal, offer, paradigm, that (what I had to do), project, status, runs (football plays), collar (arrest), him ("queered him good by living"), re-election, assignment. This sense of queer#Verb seems more common outside academic (cultural studies, gay studies, social sciences) and gay activist writing, AFAICT. DCDuring TALK 15:59, 10 August 2009 (UTC)
Needs more input, please comment! Mglovesfun (talk) 06:31, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

It should be "queer someone's pitch", anyway - it's not possible for one to queer one's own pitch. — Paul G 17:46, 2 December 2009 (UTC)

Not normal, but possible. I'm sure a salesperson who "couldn't get out of his own way" could "queer his own pitch". I prefer "someone" as a default placeholder to "one" or "somebody". "One" is best reserved for the always reflexive. DCDuring TALK 18:41, 2 December 2009 (UTC)
Kept for no consensus.--Jusjih 23:59, 24 January 2010 (UTC)