wheelhouse

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  1. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    Wheelhouse usually referred to the place on an ship where the steering wheel was located. Recently I have heard the term being used by sports announcers (baseball in particular). What are they talking about?
     
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  3. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Baseball?
    Alex
     
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  5. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    The "wheelhouse" is a metaphor for a place someone (like a player) is most comfortable.

    "Joe Pitcher is really in his wheelhouse now, against a string of teams without any southpaws." (Meaning Joe Pitcher is more comfortable pitching against right hand batters.)
     
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  7. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    I think it's more than just being comfortable but being in a position where they get to dictate proceedings / direction.
     
  8. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    US culture has a undercurrent Obsession with power.
    their language and slang often refers to such as a metaphor for self control or idealism by being the one with ALL the power and control.
    The first big linguistic move to this acknolledgement was making the phrase "Law maker" to refer to people in judicial associated power positions.

    "owning it" etc.. derivation so the same
    wheel house/bridge/steering wheel/drivers seat/joy stick(though the sexual conotations of the culture to the word joy & stick undermine the literal association)

    only in the last few years we have seen the US social culture become aware of the idea of being in the power controlposition but not wantng to be accountable.
    this is making a shift in culture.
    it will be interesting to see how this evolves.
     
  9. gamelord Registered Senior Member

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    Why do Americans crave power? Because most get endlessly hosed by politicians. Most fantasize one day where they don't have to be told what to do by "law makers".
     
  10. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Perhaps.
    But my personal experience is as billvon states it.

    I am a software developer. But back-end is not my forte. Front-end is more in my wheelhouse.
     
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  11. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    A bit OT.. I wrote a GUI for an accounting suite in PC-COBOL 85. Talk about front ends. That was fun...

    Edit: The only machines that had HIDs besides keyboards were high-end workstations and government systems that we didn't know about.

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  12. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Well, that works too. But you can be in your wheelhouse without any control over anyone else. It's any place/situation/condition where you feel like you are on top of things; comfortable in your command of X (the boardroom, your code, your pitching game.)
     
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  13. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    what do you mean ?

    they should call them(politicians) "consitution makers" lol
     

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