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“Shovel Ready”

Posted in Humor, Politics by Michael LaBossiere on February 23, 2012
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I’ve heard “shovel ready” thrown around for a few years and finally decided to determine the best meaning for the phrase. Here are my contenders:

1. “Ready to be hit by a shovel.” For example, “that guy is such an ass that he is totally shovel ready.”

2. “Ready to be buried by a shovel, perhaps after being hit by a shovel.” For example, “that guy I hit with the shovel is now shovel ready.”

Feel free to add your own definitions. Winner might get a shovel. Or not. It depends on how ready the shovel is.

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  1. anon said, on February 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    #2 is pretty good

    “Shovel ready”, anything within striking distance of a shovel if the shovel is thrown, dropped, or swung.
    Usage, “If he was a few feet closer to me, he’d be shovel ready”

    “Shovel ready”, a term used to describe a project that is weeks or months from actually being started.

  2. Dave said, on February 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

    “Shovel Ready” – legal term – when your opponent has spent thousands of dollars and countless hours constructing a massive steaming pile of bogus arguments, half-truths, innuendo, propaganda, and fabricated factoids, and moves to set the case for trial, counsel can claim that “This bullsh** is shovel ready.”

  3. Pete Finney said, on February 27, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Shovel Ready: a euphemism for referring to unemployed or work-seeking individuals.

    E.g. Far too many people in Ohio consider themselves to be Shovel Ready.


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