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Hands in a Cap Gave Us “Handicap”

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It may not be as rich a source of slang as baseball, but golf has contributed several terms to English, including stymie, “to get in the way of,” mulligan, a “do-over,” and par for the course, meaning “normal.” Although the word handicap is often used in golf to denote “an advantage given to a lesser player to even out a competition,” the term predates golf. Originally it referred to a wagering game that literally involved putting a hand into a cap. The term handicap was later used in horse racing, before moving on to golf. This is part of a complete episode.

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