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Updated: 10/17/2013 10:20:01AM

Of beards, bones, and baloney

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Last week we resurrected some words from the dead, and this week we will finish up what we started. I don’t know that I’d call them zombie words, even though Halloween is fast approaching. And certainly they can’t be considered “undead” because they’ve been laid to rest for so long that it’s likely they’ll never be finding their way back into our vocabularies. Anyhow, here’s a few more fun ones I dug up ...

You may not recognize “snapperback,” but you may be seeing one every Sunday. That is, if you watch football. Today, the position is called the center, and he, of course, is the guy who hikes or hands the ball to the quarterback at the beginning of each play. When I was a kid playing sandlot football, we called it “hupping” the ball. Maybe that’s because the quarterback would call the play and then say, “Hup it on three,” and then try to fake out the defense by rattling off other digits. “Hup nine, hup seven, hup three!” And that was followed by lots of collisions of young boys with bony elbows, hard heads and stinky feet.

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