A Brief History of A), 2), D).


Learn your TN memes.


The A), 2), D) listing system.  A Tomahawk Nation tradition.  But how did it start and what does it mean?

This subject came up in the most recent WORT (Wednesday Open Recruiting Thread, for those of you who are as confused by the word WORT as you are by the use of A. 2. D.), and has been discussed a number of times since it originated in July.  It usually comes up because somebody who is relatively new gets confused as to why some of us use this system.  FrankDNole appropriately explained it's use in the WORT and requested (implied request?) that someone note the original use.  Ask and ye shall receive. Personally, I think this history has three components, and I'll list them as such.

A)  The first instance of the A), 2), D) system at TN. 

This format was used by GonzoNole in the comments section of the article "'Nole Your Enemies: South Florida Preview."  This is about 30 comments down.  Please note the responses by various TN members.  Further into the comments, The K-Man adopted the format as well.

2)  The origin. 

At this point, I should add that it is indeed a reference to the movie Home Alone, where the lead character's older brother and sister, upon discovering their family left young Kevin at home alone during a trip to Paris, have the following conversation: 

Megan McCallister: You're not at all worried that something might happen to Kevin?

Buzz McCallister: No, for three reasons:    A. I'm not that lucky,  2. we use smoke detectors, and D. we live on the most boring street in the whole United States of America, where nothing even remotely dangerous will ever happen. Period.

If you want more, you'll have to watch the movie.  Although I should also add that any time someone questions the use of the A), 2), D) system, I think the most appropriate response to the inquiry is another quote from the movie.    But I digress. 

D)  The system takes hold. 

Within a day of the original post, the Tomahawk Nation community embraced the system.  The K-Man offered it up again the following day in a comment to the article "Progression, Stagnation, or Regression? Noles Defensive Line."  The following conversation went something like this:

I hereby move that

the A) 2) D) format be made the official listing format of TN when one is preparing a 3 item list. - DKfromVA


Make it so... -PBD


A2D it is. -FSUncensored


And there you have it.  At that point, it became the official listing system of Tomahawk Nation.   A), 2), D) was used four times in that comment thread, most notably by FrankDNole, who began the extended listing system where notation for each additional item beyond D) is improvised.


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