Talk:pull a

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do a... vs. pull a...[edit]

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Of course, [pull a___] would then be a synonym for "do a ___", the more commonly used term. — Paul G 18:16, 26 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Hmm, I've never heard "do a ___" though I am familiar with "pull a ___" -- not an everyday phrase, but notable from an episode of the Simpsons ("Defining Homer" or somesuch -- has "pull a Homer" put in a dictionary with several definitions, IIRC). Maybe "pull a ___" is Leftpondian and "do a ___" is the Rightpondian equivalent? —Muke Tever 06:54, 27 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Muke, I think you are correct...as a Leftpondian, I've only heard "pull a ___", while "do a ___" sounds/feels pretentious. --Connel MacKenzie 16:15, 30 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • I've heard both. Sometimes (but not always) "pull a ___" has connotations that the person knew what he was doing, and was trying to get away with something. We probably should have entries for both, but using something other than underscores. An entry with a reference to a specific person should be avoided. Eclecticology 00:33, 14 Feb 2005 (UTC)

I also have heard both, but different connotations. "Do a" usually refers to something one would be proud to admit, whereas "pull a" would be a bit on the embarassing side, though I've also heard the slant that Eclecticology gives it.--Alia H 06:35, 17 Feb 2005 (UTC)

I think we can probably have "do a" and "pull a" articles linked from the "related terms" sections of "do" and "pull" respectively (writing the links as [[do a|do a ...]]).— Paul G 10:09, 17 Feb 2005 (UTC)