- 匿名使用者2 0 年前最佳解答
不是 "Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden"!
Claim: The word 'golf' is an acronym formed from "gentlemen only; ladies forbidden."
specious word origin has gained credence in recent years through its being made part of interminable Internet-circulated "Did you know . . .?" lists. Though the length of those lists varies from one manifestation to the next (some have six entries; others have close to fifty), the truth value of this entry never changes — it's false.
We've said it before, but it bears saying again: only a few words have acronymic pedigrees, and those harken from the 20th century and later. Though terms that have been part of the English language for centuries may well have fascinating backstories (and many do), they won't have begun their linguistic lives as acronyms, words formed by combining the initial letter(s) of a compound term or phrase.
Golf is an old word, one that first appeared in our written language in 1425. One theory says the word golf derives from the Dutch word kolf, a generic term for a stick, club, or mallet used in a number of games similar to tennis, croquet, and hockey. However, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, claiming the Dutch word kolf as the origin of golf is problematic for a variety of reasons:
1. None of the Dutch games has been convincingly identified with golf.
2. It is not certain that the word kolf was ever used to denote the name of a game rather than the name of an implement.
3. Scottish lacks any forms of the word golf beginning with a 'c' or a 'k.'
4. The Scottish game of golf is mentioned much earlier than any of the supposedly similar Dutch sports.
Another theory ascribes golf to the Scottish goulf (also gowf), a verb meaning "to strike or cuff." This theory would at least place the origin of the word with the people who invented the game. As for "striking or cuffing," an integral part of the game is, after all, hitting the ball.
(In those older Scottish writings, golf is variously spelled gouff, goiff, goffe, goff, gowff, and golph. Our modern determination to have only one correct spelling for each word would have struck our ancestors as hilariously pedantic and priggish. The norm for them was any number of spellings for common terms, provided those written representations validly reflected the pronounciation of the word. When viewed from that angle, those odd-looking spellings begin to appear far less mysterious.)
- 匿名使用者1 0 年前
Gentlemen Out Ladies For-all-time
- 匿名使用者2 0 年前
- 匿名使用者2 0 年前
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- ?Lv 72 0 年前
"Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden"!