Sunday, September 13, 2015
Going "Balls Out"
Many people assume that it refers to male genitalia. This, of course, is absurd. Male athletes protect their tender parts. They do not expose them while competing.
The term originates with steam engines, specifically, locomotives. The speed limiter on a steam engine is a centripetal governor. An example is shown above. The crew communicated verbally. The crew could tell they had reached maximum speed by looking at the governor. They knew they were traveling at maximum possible speed when the governor was "Balls-Out".
So it is perfectly appropriate to use the term "Balls Out" in polite company. You can tell them Eaton Rapids Joe's younger brother said it was OK.