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View Poll Results: Are you spry?
Yes, I'm spry. 20 34.48%
No, I'm not old enough to be spry. 16 27.59%
I'm old but not spry. 9 15.52%
I think you're itching for a fight. 13 22.41%
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Old 03-23-09, 12:47 PM   #1
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Are you spry?

My office identified two of my patients this afternoon as spry. They are not much older than I am. I pointed out that we never call 30 year olds as spry. No one would call Lance Armstrong spry. They presumably would call Dnvr Fox spry. I don't know why the whole thing bothers me, but it does. I can handle bifocals, bowel fixation, male-pattern balding and impotence but being called spry might snap my twig.

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Old 03-23-09, 12:49 PM   #2
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Adjective
  • S: (adj) agile, nimble, quick, spry (moving quickly and lightly) "sleek and agile as a gymnast"; "as nimble as a deer"; "nimble fingers"; "quick of foot"; "the old dog was so spry it was halfway up the stairs before we could stop it"
Not part of my vocabulary as a general rule, but far from offensive in my opinion.

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Old 03-23-09, 12:57 PM   #3
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I don't feel or act old enough to be called 'spry'. If someone used that word to describe me, I believe I'd have to rethink everything.

...Now I've gotta go chase some kids off my lawn...
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Old 03-23-09, 01:07 PM   #4
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No senator, I have never been registered as an agent for a foreig.............

oops, sorry, wrong glasses. Move along.
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No, but I agree that Dnvr is spry.
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No, but I agree that Dnvr is spry.
Uh-oh!
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Old 03-23-09, 01:38 PM   #7
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I think of myself as spry-in-training.

Am still an active runner and cyclist, and flexible enough to climb trees and wrestle my 13 year old nephew, who seems to think he's Cato and I'm Inspector Clouseau (although with less hair). Only trouble is, he's growing and I'm not.

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I think your hang up (like mine!) is that even though the term is technically a compliment (see "agile, nimble, quick" above) in fact we only apply it to older people...however you define "older." So it's sort of a left handed (hey! I resemble that remark) compliment.

We really do not expect the person to whom we are applying the term to be "agile, "nimble" or "quick". Its sort of like, "...hey, you move pretty good for a big (fat) man". "She's a surprisingly handsome (ugly) woman". "He's a spry 50 year old."

I prefer to be thought of as an active guy. I'd rather people think of THAT as being surprising "for my age" than terms like spry.
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"as nimble as a deer"
I guess Matt Lauer wouldn't be classified as spry then.
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I don't need to sit down to put on socks; I can do it one foot at a time while standing. Is that spry? Or, would I need to be hopping up and down while putting on socks to be spry? One Spry Guy!
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Like most polls, you left out an option:

"You kids get off of my lawn!"
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Can you be clumsy and spry at the same time?

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I don't need to sit down to put on socks; I can do it one foot at a time while standing. Is that spry? Or, would I need to be hopping up and down while putting on socks to be spry? One Spry Guy!
I have sat down to put on my socks since I was a child. Not lazy, just clumsy.

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Like most polls, you left out an option:

"You kids get off of my lawn!"

That's rye grass, not spry grass.
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Spry conjures up visions of bounciness. Bounciness, of course, is associated with youth. It was Mark Twain, I believe, who said, "Youth is wasted on young people." Well, with all that, I do feel spry!
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I think you are looking at the formal definition of spry.
There is an informal definition. 16 year old girls MAY refer to Lance Armstrong as being spry.
Usually it refers to older guys. And guys alone. But it colloquially refers to 'still capable of carnival knowledge.'
Some of you may say "you mean carnal knowledge". Maybe, but for me it always had to be fun, as in a carnival. If it wasn't fun, I wasn't interested. Thus, carnival knowledge.
Now, I'm 59. But I will not get personal and weigh in about my personal capabilities, except in personal situations.
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Have you tried the new spry salad dressings... I too put my socks on standing, however I 'sometimes' put my belt in the slacks before I put'em on cause it is easier.
I don't mind, or would not mind being called spry if some one did...left handed compliment or not, I take any way i can......................................................
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Spry is a mish mash of two words

Spy and pry, which are related words (sort of)

So if you are asking if Dnvr spies and pries, the answer is - but is he spry? Well, I just don't know.

Ask Chipcom!
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Can't wait for DnvrFox to show up here...
I can't possibly be as old as my grandfather who was spry. Never...
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Spry seems to be reserved to describe an old person, so of course I'm not...


*ask me again in ten years
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Maybe it's a regional thing. Here in kentucky if you're over 70 and not senile or wheelchair bound you're spry.
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Funny that the definition has no implication of "old," but in the example it is quite explicit.
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I think of myself as spry-in-training.
+1! When I'm 80 I'll be "spry". Now I'm just "surprisingly active for my age".

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Spry seems to be reserved to describe an old person, so of course I'm not...


*ask me again in ten years
I agree that spry is reserved for an old (or older) person. However, to fit the definition, said older person must still have it.

Now, define IT.
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Oh Alice, you sure know what IT is.
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