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SCIENCE AT THE STAKE

by Roy W. Smith published in 1946
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HORSESHOE SLANG

   "Slipper Slammer"-A horseshoe pitcher.
   "Sparks off the peg"-Gossip among players.
   "Mare moccasins", "Slippers" or "Ol' Dobbins' brogues"- Names that refer to horseshoes.
   "Zipper" or "grass cutter"-A shoe pitched low and hard.
   "Skyscraper"--A shoe thrown quite high.
   "Floater"-A shoe that floats gently to the peg.
   "Flopper"-A shoe that flops over instead of turning around in flight.
   "Jack" or "sneaker"-A shoe that is within 6 inches of the peg and scores 1 point.
   "Four for the cemetery" or "a stack" means all four ringers on the stake with no points scored. Often called "four dead."
   "Getting both feet wet"-Making a double ringer.
   "Goose egg"-A complete miss with either a ringer or point.
   "Swingin' down the lane" or "lining up the peg"-Good alignment.
   "Right and left hooks"-Shoes that hook the stake from the right and left sides.
   "Skunk"-Not scoring a point against one's opponent.
   "Drawing first blood"-Scoring the first point in a game.
   "Shorty"-A shoe that lands short of being a ringer.
   "Spinner"-A shoe that spins around on the stake.
   "Dying hard"-Putting up stiff competition while losing a game.
   "Jumper" or "hopper"-A shoe that jumps or hops on the peg for a ringer.
   "Blowing up" or "getting a butterfly in the belly"-Losing ones nerve and control in a game.
   "Putting them to bed" or "doing the chores"-Covering up and taking care of the courts.
   "Horseshoe widow"-That unfortunate female of the human race whose heartless male deserts or neglects her for a game of horseshoes. Large numbers of these sad looking creatures can be seen wandering aimlessly about the country. However, they derive some satisfaction from the fact that they know where and what hubby is doing. If they were smart, they would take up the game themselves. Some of the more intelligent species do and often trim hubby so badly that he becomes ashamed and stays home with the kids for a change.

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