Date: Tue, 24 May 1994 21:12:08 -0500
From: Todd N Nims nimstod[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.AUBURN.EDU
Subject: Re: Alaska versions of pile and soda
Same game, same name in SW Alabama and we played "smear the queer" w/
equal reckless abandon.....and thought cathing that ball was the thing to
do and then after catching it and therefore gaining the attention of
multitudes of kids screaming "Kill him before he gets away," wondering
why you ever thought it was a good idea to play this stupid game.....boy
that was the most fun.
Todd N. Nims
On Tue, 24 May 1994, Charles F Juengling wrote:
I am a native Oregonian (Portland-Salem). I have never heard 'soda' when
refering to 'pop'. (Soda is what one uses for baking. I always wondered why
and HOW someone could drink 'soda'). I also remember some people using
'coke' for 'pop'. You mentioned that you switched to 'soda' to escape
ridicule from your Hawaiian friends. Could it be that THEY use 'soda'?
A 'berm' to me is a grassy strech along side of a road or on the side of a
In the early '70's we used to 'pig-pile' on each other.
That reminds me of another game that we used to play. One kid would be in
control of a ball, while the others in the game would do just about
anything to wrench it from him. When someone else gained control, the mob
turned on him and dealt him the same punishment. It was basically a cross
between rugby, professioanl wrestling, and a bar room fight. Looking
back, I can't for the life of me figure out why I ever wanted that ball.
We called this game `smear the queer.' Does anyone else know it and what
did you call it.