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Old 04-30-2012, 06:58 PM
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What the hell is a person's wheelhouse, and why is everyone on TV now saying it in every other sentance?
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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There's nothing like another new catch phrase infesting the language, is there? (Remember when President Ford popularized "rebate?" There wasn't anywhere to hide from that word!)
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:00 AM
 
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What the hell is a person's wheelhouse, and why is everyone on TV now saying it in every other sentance?
I have not heard this (but I don't put the TV on very much). What does it mean?
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Splitting time between Dayton, NJ and Needmore, PA
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The original definition refers to the location of the steering wheel on a boat. It may also refer to an area of a boat which includes the bridge, lookout, and pilothouse. These three aspects of a ship contain individuals who have an amassed body of knowledge that, combined, make it possible for the ship to be navigated.

The word "wheelhouse" has been co-opted as a slang term used in baseball to refer to a batter's preferred location for a pitch to be so s/he can make great contact between bat and ball, usually resulting in a home run.

More recently the definition has been broadened to refer to any area of expertise that a person may have significant knowledge or experience with, thus returning to the original part of the definition noted above regarding knowledge.

I hope this helps.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Noun: A part of a boat or ship serving as a shelter for the person at the wheel. It might be an old Navy term.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:27 PM
 
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n/m
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:46 PM
 
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The original definition refers to the location of the steering wheel on a boat. It may also refer to an area of a boat which includes the bridge, lookout, and pilothouse. These three aspects of a ship contain individuals who have an amassed body of knowledge that, combined, make it possible for the ship to be navigated.

The word "wheelhouse" has been co-opted as a slang term used in baseball to refer to a batter's preferred location for a pitch to be so s/he can make great contact between bat and ball, usually resulting in a home run.

More recently the definition has been broadened to refer to any area of expertise that a person may have significant knowledge or experience with, thus returning to the original part of the definition noted above regarding knowledge.

I hope this helps.
Well...could you give an example of how it's used in a sentence? I don't really get it, and I haven't heard this.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:24 AM
 
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Well...could you give an example of how it's used in a sentence? I don't really get it, and I haven't heard this.
Sure.

During a recap of a previous pitch sequence by the Mets, Keith Hernandez may say: "It baffles me why Johan Santana would put a ball right in the wheelhouse for Albert Pujols to hit out of the park. I mean really? You are going to pitch him across the plate instead of outside?"

Second Example:

A friend of mine and I are talking about a recent hire. I may say, " After speaking with Julie and reviewing her resume, it's obvious that she will be a great fit for house counsel. I saw in her bio she mentioned several redrafting amicus curie briefs in support of company agenda and wone. But her wheelhouse is in mergers & acquisitions. Did you see the $1 billion buyout she did of Aarco?"

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Old 05-06-2012, 02:29 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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What the hell is a person's wheelhouse, and why is everyone on TV now saying it in every other sentance?
you must watch the apprentice, LOL.

I'm pretty sure a person's wheelhouse is their area of expertise.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:44 AM
 
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Sure.

During a recap of a previous pitch sequence by the Mets, Keith Hernandez may say: "It baffles me why Johan Santana would put a ball right in the wheelhouse for Albert Pujols to hit out of the park. I mean really? You are going to pitch him across the plate instead of outside?"

Second Example:

A friend of mine and I are talking about a recent hire. I may say, " After speaking with Julie and reviewing her resume, it's obvious that she will be a great fit for house counsel. I saw in her bio she mentioned several redrafting amicus curie briefs in support of company agenda and wone. But her wheelhouse is in mergers & acquisitions. Did you see the $1 billion buyout she did of Aarco?"

Hope this helps.
Yes, thanks. It sounds silly because I am not familiar with the term, but I'm sure I'll be hearing it any day now in a meeting.
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