Chamblee54

Why We Call It Golf

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 24, 2010


While putting off doing anything useful, PG looked at Gartalker‘s blog. There was one of those lists of “facts”, that is in email rotation at all times. It has been a while since PG recycled chain email, so maybe this is the day.

It did not take long for the ding ding ding, of the BS detector, to be heard.
“Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented.. It was ruled ‘Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden’.. .and thus, the word GOLF entered into the English language.”
Something seemed amiss here, and snopes the urban myth buster was called into action. It seems like there were lots of words that could have been used as a starting point for golf. There was a Scottish word “goulf”…a verb, meaning to cuff or strike. Since striking the ball with a club is an essential part of the sport, this is a possibility.

The concept of acronyms becoming words is a 20th century affair. It just wasn’t a popular practice before phrases like “absent without leave” became AWOL. This is one reason to doubt the popular story about “for unlawful carnal knowledge”

The second item on the Gartalker list is more likely to be true…
“The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.” PG is too slack to investigate. The pictures for this feature are from ” Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”

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