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Bumblepuppy!

To quote from Peter Bowler's masterpiece of literate snark, The Superior Person's Book of Words (Delicious and obscure words, with helpful tips for using them to make covert insults):

BUMBLEPUPPY n. A nice, old-fashioned word which, according to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, means a game played with a tennis ball slung to a post. In other words, it is a perfectly correct if somewhat archaic term for any or all of those modern, glossily packaged and energetically promoted games with carefully invented, vigorous, clean-cut names such as Dyna-ball or Pole-a-Play. The connotations in bumblepuppy of bumbling and puppydogs give it a suitably condescending flavor for use when you arrive at your physical-fitness-fanatic sister's home and find her bounding around in the back yard with her disgustingly athletic husband. "Ah," you say, "I don't believe I've had a game of bumblepuppy since I was in kindergarten. You've bought it for the kiddies, have you?"


And then sometimes, you find that word taken oh-so-adorably literally. Behold two Corgis playing bumblepuppy:

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fafojoy
Feb. 5th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Heh, that's a tetherball. We had one as kids and played all the time. So did our german shepherd and our siberian husky dogs :D
frenchpony
Feb. 5th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
I also knew it as a tetherball when I was a kid. But apparently, "bumblepuppy" is another valid name for the same thing. And it really fits this video!
dot_o_choillmor
Feb. 6th, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
Swingball!

That clip is so cute. Bumblepuppy. There, I learned something new.
frenchpony
Feb. 6th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
I love regional names for things, especially things that don't really seem to have "official" names of their own. Bumblepuppy, tetherball, swingball -- they all sound so wonderful and evocative.
dawtheminstrel
Feb. 6th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
That is so cute! I love watching animals play.
frenchpony
Feb. 6th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Especially with such big doggy smiles! Smiley doggies are the best doggies.
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