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DW's DICTIONARY as defined by Jeff Hammond

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Darrell Waltrip — winner of 84 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and a three-time champion — serves as lead analyst for NASCAR on FOX. He was selected for induction into the prestigious NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2012. Want more from DW? Become a fan on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

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Editor's note: Before Darrell Waltrip got behind the wheel of a truck in April at Richmond, Jeff Hammond made it clear that he wouldn't be the crew chief, but he would translate the language known as "DW" for others:

"I'm going to be what you might consider the official interpreter or Darrell's 'woobie,'" Hammond said. "I will be his comforter, and I'm going to try to help those guys understand him. If there are issues where I can help make the communication better, that's what I want to help them do."

We decided to take Jeff up on his interpreting offer and asked him to define some DWisms. Scroll down for Hammond's definitions and that define DW's terms.

Don't see your favorite Waltrip turn of phrase here? Let us know in our fan forum. We will ask Jeff the best ones, and post them in DW's dictionary.

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  • Amphibious: (as in "Drivers need to be amphibious at Sears Point because they turn left AND right.") Obviously it means ambidextrous. You have got to be able to do things with your right hand and your left hand. Guys that can go both ways on road courses are the ones who do the best. If you're totally used to turning left, you're not going to do well. You've got to have that ability to be versatile and handle the right and left turns that will be thrown at you at a road course.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Boogity Boogity Boogity: Get up through those gears big boy and get her going. We're going green, and the faster you can get up to speed, the better off you're going to be. The phrase works for starts, restarts and anytime you've got to get a move on. When it's time to go 'Boogity, Boogity, Boogity', that means we've got to get with the program. It's time to go.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Buying donuts for the crowd: Driver celebrates a win by doing burn-outs on the track for the fans.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Caddywompous: (a.k.a. wobblygomped) The car is out of line. It basically means something is not in line, or it is out of round. De, di, do: Another description for turkey walking. A car that's jumping up and down and dipping over, usually on the right front. The left rear is coming up. You've got no idea where it's going to land. "She's doing de, di do." Dump truck: Your race car has big, old tires and wheels. When you try to turn it very fast, it just will not turn. You have to wait, wait, wait and be patient with it. It's just a lousy-feeling deal.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Family reunion: (a.k.a. The Winston) It's like a family reunion which starts out with everyone having a really good time. All of a sudden — with 10 laps to go — it gets ugly. So this race is a family reunion that turns ugly about 10 o'clock at night.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Fighting bees: When you've got a guy in the driver's seat who looks like he's fighting bees, that's an ugly picture, not a "pretty wheel." He's fighting bees inside that car.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Frog strangler: (a.k.a. toad strangler) It's raining so much that the toads and the frogs of the world got to look out. They're going to drown.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Go, Go, Go and Green, Green, Green: The abbreviated and simplified versions for the folks at home that don't understand Boogity, Boogity, Boogity.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Happy Car: A race car that has got all four wheels on the racetrack, working in unison and going fast. Normally it means a car that's leading the race or in the top five.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Happy Driver: When the driver is happy, that means his car is happy. Everything is going as planned, if not better than planned. It's the perfect marriage between driver and car.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Hospital Hop/Hospital Wobble: A race car that is getting ready to crash. When a car starts to hop or wobble, somebody or something is going to get hurt, and it usually requires a visit to the care center by the driver because he's getting ready to knock the wall down. Let the rough side drag: It's that time of the day when no matter what it takes, you've got to go wide open, have no fear and let it all hang out. That car is down on the racetrack. She's hunting, and she's running wide open, just as hard as she can go.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Meanwhile back at the ranch: Usually said when the telecast is focusing on action back in the field while the leader is opening up a big lead or vice versa. 'munication: Communication My car is red hot, your car is diddly squat: You've got one guy who has a happy car, and you've got another guy that's got an unhappy car. One car is a happy car; the other car is doing the turkey walk. It's an explanation of those two extremes. Nerfed: Giving another driver a soft bump. If we all think back to those days of Nerf balls, something soft that when it hits you, it's not really a hard impact, but it still hits you. You can feel it. When he's nerfing him, that means he didn't run into him and slam him, but he gave him a soft bump, like a little bump and run.
  • Click here for a photo answer. (You) Picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel: See Dave Blaney at the 2001 Atlanta spring race. Blaney dominated the race, but after a pit stop, his left rear tire fell off on the track, and he finished 34th. Set to the music of Kenny Rogers' hit Lucille.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Pierre Debris: That's our foreign description of when somebody has dropped something on the racetrack.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Pork chop: Jeff Burton's No. 9 Busch Gain car is a little unusual. In DW's opinion, it's just so ugly, such a different combination of colors. Without saying the word ugly, he's trying to say that you need hang a pork chop off of it to even make a dog chase it. That's a polite way of saying how ugly that car is in DW's opinion.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Pretty wheel: A nice, smooth driving motion. We don't ever want to see the driver move irrationally. It's a nice smooth turn to the left, entering the corner. Holding that wheel right through the middle of the corner and feeding it back up off the corner. It's just a nice, smooth, very fluid motion. He calls that "holding a pretty wheel."
  • Click here for a photo answer. Shopping cart: A vehicle that does not drive well. It's a bad-handling race car. If you've ever tried to drive a shopping cart around a corner, and it wants to go straight, or it wants to turn too quick and jumps sideways on you. It's a terrible feeling.
  • Click here for a photo answer. 'Splain: Explain
  • Click here for a photo answer. 'Sperience: Experience Tide Slide: I don't really know what he means by that because normally the Tide Slide is what he used to think about doing when he made passes on guys. When he uses that phrase in different contexts, he kind of confuses me.
  • Click here for a photo answer. Turkey Walk: A car that is jumping up and down, going a little bit sideways. To the racer's eye, it's a very ugly attitude, and the car is not really smooth around the corner. Unobtainium: Something that a race team cannot acquire or isn't allowed to use to make a car better.
  • Got a question or a comment for DW? E-mail him at AllWaltrip.com. For more information about NASCAR on FOX analyst Jeff Hammond, including photos from his past and present days in NASCAR, check out JeffHammond.com.
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