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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2017-10-22 19:05:05

Registered: 2008-06-04
Posts: 3

Nuke 'Em! (Ball)

Newcomb Ball is a game structured similarly to volleyball, but with catching and throwing instead of bumping/hitting. It was invented in 1895 by a woman at Sophie Newcomb College:

It has since been eggcornishly reinterpreted as “Nuke ‘Em”, e.g.: … le-family/

This is a very classic sort of eggcorn, as “Nuke ‘Em” seems germane to a game where you’re lobbing a ball at the opponents, while “Newcomb” is obscure.



#2 2017-10-22 19:12:02

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2217

Re: Nuke 'Em! (Ball)

Eggcornish, but if it’s purposeful it’s a pun. As has often been pointed out, one man’s pun can be(come) another one’s eggcorn: if you can document somebody who thought it really was Nuke’em Ball and wasn’t aware that that was a joke, you’d have a good case.

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



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