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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Catching Up on the New Golf Slang

There's not a whole lot going on in the world of golf this week... and it's not just in the pro world. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, there are family celebrations of various kinds going on all over the world... and New Year's Eve is coming up in less than a week. It's hard to find time to squeeze in a few holes.

But we're all still thinking about golf, aren't we? Even if we can't get out and play because relatives -- or perhaps a couple of feet of snow -- are visiting, we can still dream about it. Well, I found something that could help you sound better next time you tee it up with your friends.

Alec Guinness

I found Golf Magazine's new Golfer's Dictionary. You can check it out at this link; it contains 45 slang terms you may or may not have heard. Here are a few of my new faves:
  • Abominable Snowman noun a 9 on your scorecard, worse than a snowman "8"
  • Alec Guinness noun a shot that’s O.B. Wan Kenobi
  • Amelia Earhart noun a tee shot that looks great taking off and then just disappears
  • Captain Kirk noun a wayward shot that goes where no ball has ever gone before
  • Christmas Present noun a ball that lands under a tree (definitely a cool term!)
  • Concheat verb to concede a putt that your buddy has no chance of making in exchange for him conceding a putt that you have no chance of making (e.g. "They concheated their 8-foot putts.")
  • Cuban Putt noun putt that stopped just short of the hole (i.e., needed one more revolution)
  • Get the Waitress verb telling your approach shot to “Check, please!”
  • Men’s Warehouse noun when your partner sticks his approach (i.e., “You’re going to like the way you look”)
I don't want to tell you all of them. But you'll definitely want to check out what a Laurel and Hardy is, or the difference between a Danny DeVito and a Snooki, or who might be the Sammy Hagar in your group. I know I learned a lot.

Best of all, next time I go all Linda Ronstadt on my partners, I'll be sure to gloat.

The photo, of course, came from the golf.com article.

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