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

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Mon Jun 7 06:49:29 EDT 2021


Peter's website is indeed quite impressive.
But the leap from a fictional baseball slugger to a flubbed golf swing sub rosa re-do may not be a slam dunk.

SG
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Peter Reitan pretty definitively found the origin of "mulligan" a few years back. [ https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://esnpc.blogspot.com/2017/05/hey-mulligan-man-second-shot-at-history.html__;!!OToaGQ!7cBOFxHYQp720c_jmUw3dO-x9NC5nzSXHWl-iBzzslHriok2z55N7eSptvnyAkVV$  ]( https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://esnpc.blogspot.com/2017/05/hey-mulligan-man-second-shot-at-history.html__;!!OToaGQ!7cBOFxHYQp720c_jmUw3dO-x9NC5nzSXHWl-iBzzslHriok2z55N7eSptvnyAkVV$  )

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://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.wordorigins.org/big-list-entries/mulligan__;!!OToaGQ!7cBOFxHYQp720c_jmUw3dO-x9NC5nzSXHWl-iBzzslHriok2z55N7eSptuwC2uFU$  ]( https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.wordorigins.org/big-list-entries/mulligan__;!!OToaGQ!7cBOFxHYQp720c_jmUw3dO-x9NC5nzSXHWl-iBzzslHriok2z55N7eSptuwC2uFU$  )


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From: "Stephen Goranson" <goranson at DUKE.EDU>
Sent: Sunday, June 6, 2021 9:43am
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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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