[Ads-l] mulligan (golf)--warning: speculative

dave@wilton.net dave at WILTON.NET
Sun Jun 6 11:24:56 EDT 2021

Peter Reitan pretty definitively found the origin of "mulligan" a few years back. [ https://esnpc.blogspot.com/2017/05/hey-mulligan-man-second-shot-at-history.html ]( https://esnpc.blogspot.com/2017/05/hey-mulligan-man-second-shot-at-history.html ) 
All the stories about golfers giving their names to it are false. It actually arose in baseball sports writing.
My own write up, which cribs heavily from him: [ https://www.wordorigins.org/big-list-entries/mulligan ]( https://www.wordorigins.org/big-list-entries/mulligan )
-----Original Message-----
From: "Stephen Goranson" <goranson at DUKE.EDU>
Sent: Sunday, June 6, 2021 9:43am
Subject: [ADS-L] mulligan (golf)--warning: speculative

(warning; speculative)
Which golfer Mulligan (if any) putatively gave the name to take a mulligan, a re-do swing, is disputed.
(First, never mind the old ballad Finnegan’s Wake, published in 1864.)
An additional (post-Honeymooners) addressing the ball.
Mull it over, again…

Stephen Goranson

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