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Skipper for Team Captain

Omar in Wilmington, North Carolina, says that when he was growing up in Pakistan, he and fellow cricket players referred to their team captain as the skipper. The term skipper, or skip, originated in seafaring terminology and now applies to the...

Lay an Egg Origins and Meaning

Kieran in Huntsville, Alabama, wonders about the term laid an egg meaning performed badly. The expression to lay an egg goes back at least as far as cricket matches in the 1860s, where duck’s egg referred to a zero on a scoreboard. Later in...

Hot Mess

Sneaky contract lingo, advice for writing well, and preserving a dying language. Say you’re scrolling through an online transaction where you’re asked to read the “Terms and Conditions.” Do you actually read them or just check the...

Not Quite Cricket

“Not quite cricket” means not proper, substandard, or perhaps even illegal. The phrase is a reference to the world’s second most popular sport, cricket, and derives from the 19th-century notion that the “Spirit of the...

marble cricket

marble cricket  n.— «Sir Garry also informed a curious Bolden that he first started playing a form of the game, known to Barbadians as “marble cricket” where the batsman bent on one knee while batting when he was four or five...

humpty

humpty  n.— «Well, while we’re doing this media love-in, I believe cricinfo’s Will Luke is dying for what the twentysomethings call “a bit of humpty.” So if there are any ladies out there who want to keep it real with cricket...