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Postby Eileen Opiolka » Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:30 pm

A simple word. I wonder if it has any links to the Dutch golf meaning a wave?
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Re: golf

Postby Slava » Sun Mar 09, 2014 3:13 pm

Eileen Opiolka wrote:A simple word. I wonder if it has any links to the Dutch golf meaning a wave?
Not according to etymonline.com:

mid-15c., Scottish gouf, usually taken as an alteration of Middle Dutch colf, colve "stick, club, bat," from Proto-Germanic *kulth- (cf. Old Norse kolfr "clapper of a bell," German Kolben "mace, club"). The game is from 14c., the word is first mentioned (along with fut-bol) in a 1457 Scottish statute on forbidden games. Golf ball attested from 1540s.

Interesting to learn that footie used to be a forbidden game.
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Re: golf

Postby Eileen Opiolka » Sun Mar 09, 2014 3:30 pm

Many thanks, Slava.
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Re: golf

Postby Perry Lassiter » Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:14 pm

Footie? Blasphemy!
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Re: golf

Postby Slava » Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:21 pm

Perry Lassiter wrote:Footie? Blasphemy!
I beg forgiveness. I used that one because I didn't want to use either football or soccer, which could lead to confustication. :)

Why is footie blasphemy, by the way? I thought it was a commonly used term. At least I didn't write footsie, as that's something completely different. Different game altogether.
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Re: golf

Postby Philip Hudson » Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:11 am

Footsie I know. Footie I don't. Footsie is a delightful game I recommend for the young and unattached. At a crowded table, one should make sure just who one's footsie partner is.
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Re: golf

Postby call_copse » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:59 am

Footie (or footy) is a commonly used term meaning football (or soccer); a sport almost universally popular in other parts of the world than the US. As Albert Camus said “Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football.” He may be slightly misquoted but his meaning is generally clear for a philosopher - it may be better to look to simple pursuits for moral guidance than 'overblown, high falutin' claptrap'.

Some may find that concept blasphemous :D That would be their lookout.
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