REFERENCES TO FISTING IN THE NY TIMES

One of our writers wanted to use the term. To humor him before forbidding it, his editor went to the archives to see if the word had ever appeared in the NYT. He found 16 instances. (My colleague @jmw proposed turning this list into an illustrated gift book.)
  1. A 1988 theater review (by Garry Wills) of "Coriolanus"
    "As Aufidius tells Coriolanus: 'I have nightly since Dreamt of encounters 'twixt thyself and me; We have been down together in my sleep, Unbuckling helms, fisting each other's throat, And wak'd half dead with nothing."
  2. A 1989 cookbook review from the Book Review
    "Phrases like 'fisting a biscuit' to shape the dough require translation."
  3. A 1990 story about a sociology professor studying the Adelphi University lacrosse team
    "In the second half, he watched No. 16 closely. 'He's soft-fisting 32 and 4. It's his way of communicating."
  4. A 2003 Nicholas Kristof OpEd column (the only instance in which it's used sexually, if you don't count Coriolanus), headlined "No Time to Get Squeamish"
    "A recent letter from a Congressional subcommittee thundered about the use of federal money to finance 'great sex workshops, pointers on where to have anonymous sex in public places, masturbation instructions, fisting forums and tips of how to negotiate sex with prostitutes.'"
  5. From 2003, A Night Out With Kenna, on the Fringes of Fame
    "His friends jogged over double-fisting cocktails."
  6. A 2003 baseball story — one of several where the term appears in this context. I'll skip the others.
    "Castillo followed by fisting a ball to shallow right."
  7. A 2005 article about New York night life
    "During the party, Mr. Granik exhibited a veteran's adherence to protocol ('Always carry money to tip the bartender') and never resorted to the kind of two-fisting of drinks displayed by greedier open bargoers."
  8. A 2008 article headlined "A Yacht Party in the Sand"
    "Money didn't seem to be on the mind of Oliver Sharpe, a 29-year-old clubgoer who was double-fisting bottles of Budweiser while eyeing Mercedes Figueras, the gorgeous sister of the equally gorgeous Polo model (and polo player) Nacho."
  9. A 2009 column about sports culture in Boston (and, here, Washington)
    "ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun wonders if the backup, Simeon Varlamov, will be ushered in or if Caps coach Bruce Boudreau will coach Game 2 while double-fisting bottles of Maalox."
  10. A 2009 Styles article
    "A 25-year-old financial analyst who was double-fisting glasses of Johnnie Walker Black, said that identifying yourself as a banker ('dropping the banker bomb' as he put it) had traditionally been a potent lure on the dating scene."
  11. A 2011 soccer article
    "He was alert to everything, rushing off his line to intercept balls behind his defenders, fisting away a shot from Cristiano Ronaldo, quick and brave to thwart Mesut Özil."
  12. A 2012 interview with Chris Rock
    "Whether he was double-fisting glasses of lemonade and Starbucks coffee, sprawled out on a couch or falling to his knees (as sometimes happens when he gets worked up), Mr. Rock was endlessly animated and never, ever shy with his feelings."
  13. A 2014 profile of Alan Cumming
    "Nearby, the actress Linda Emond, who plays Fraulein Schneider, sat on the couch double-fisting soup and red wine."
  14. An article from three weeks ago about Jewish hair, pegged to Joshua Harmon's "Bad Jews." The quote is from his script.
    "Thick, intense, curly, frizzy, long brown hair. Hair that clogs a drain after one shower. Hair you find on pillows and in corners of the room and in your refrigerator six months after the head from which it grew last visited. Hair that could not be straightened even if you had four hours and three hairdressers double-fisting blow driers. Hair that screams: Jew."