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Postby eberntson » Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:43 pm

A child's game played with a pocket-knife, where the goal is to stick the knife in the ground or wood surface while launching it I n prescribed ways or manipulation . One way is to toss the knife at the feet, the closest wins; landing the knife in your foot is an automatic win.

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Re: Mumbletypeg

Postby Slava » Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:47 am

I just learned something new. I think I understand this a whole lot more now, thanks to Etymonline:
boys' knife-throwing game, 1650s, originally mumble-the-peg (1620s), of unknown signification and origin. The usual story is that it is so called because "The last player to complete the series is compelled to draw out of the ground with his teeth a peg which the others have driven in with a certain number of blows with the handle of the knife" [Century Dictionary]; see mumble (v.) in the original sense "eat in a slow, inefficient manner."
The whole thing makes much more sense, now. The players had to hit a peg with the handle of the knife, not the blade, and the loser had to get down on his hands and knees and pull it up with his teeth. Hard to talk at all, let alone mumble, when you're kissing dirt. :D
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