Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 12:08:33 -0600
From: "Dickie M. Heaberlin" dh12[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SWT.EDU
Subject: Re: "my bad" and other bounceball terminology
In addition to "my bad" there are many other words and phrases used on the
basketball court that weren't used when I started playing in 1945. And
there are some that have been lost. Back then when someone stayed back on
offense in order to get a long pass and make an easy basketball, he was
called a "radioman" or "snowbird." I never hear "radioman" any more and
haven't for many years, and "snowbird" isn't used much any more either. We
used to play "bounceball." Now people "shoot some hoops." The phrases
"pick-up" and "make it, take it" came in, I think, about the same time as
"my bad." Since the sixties we have new names for positions, too--point
guard, shooting guard, wings, and power forwards. And sports announcers
have added accounting terms such as "triple double" Rule changes have led
us to coin "three pointer," "possession arrow," "twenty-four second clock,"
and "lane violation."