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

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 8 18:02:20 EDT 2021

I don't know if this is relevant.
In the Brooklyn Eagle, 29 August 1920, in an article about Brooklyn Heights
by Edward V. Riis, I read the following sentence:
"Nor was it born of Maraschino, but half and half and mulligan."
The Maraschino refers to a phrase by George Ade: "Freedom shrieked when
Maraschino fell." found in Cosmopolitan for July 1920.
I have no idea what "half and half and mulligan" means!

On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 4:21 PM dave at wilton.net <dave at wilton.net> wrote:

> The Big Spring (not "Springs" as the OED has it) Daily Herald is on
> Newspaperarchive.com—as has been pointed out before when searching for
> other terms, the package sold to universities evidently does not contain
> all the newspapers. This one doesn't show up when I search through the
> university site, but it does through my personal account.
> The McIntyre in question is Marvin McIntyre, an aide to FDR, not the
> newspaper columnist.
> A slightly longer excerpt:
> “Golfers Try to Lower Marks.” Big Spring Daily Herald (Texas), 5 May 1936,
> 4. Newspaperarchive.com.
> "Following McIntyre around a few holes of golf frequently rewards the
> gallery with such irate remarks as 'Nuts, I’ve had 10 strokes on this hole
> already; I’ll pick up.' He seems to find new hop on the next tee—that is,
> until his tee shot.
> "Another McIntyre-ism is the use of the “mulligan”—links-ology for a
> second shot employed after a previously dubbed shot. Most McIntyre
> 'mulligans' are worse dubbed that the initial shot, however—which seems to
> serve as a psychological encouragement to the presidential attache.
> That's all the article has on "mulligan," but the wording implies that the
> term is already current among golfers and is not a coinage of Marvin
> McIntyre. And it's use in the 1930s to specifically mean a second chance to
> hit a successful shot off the tee, as opposed to anywhere on the course,
> corresponds with an origin in long-ball-hitting baseball.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Stephen Goranson" <goranson at DUKE.EDU>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:14am
> Subject: Re: [ADS-L] mulligan (golf)--warning: speculative
> Thanks, Garson; that might lead somewhere.
> Both of the quotations from Dave Wilton yesterday (June 7) are repeats
> from his blog and before that Peter's blog. Been there; read that.
> These are not, imo, slam dunk connections to a golf mulligan. And the Swat
> Milligan name spelling did persist as well; one might reasonably expect at
> least some appearances of that spelling in the proposal. Anyone? I've been
> mistaken before, but I call special pleading.
> Not to leave on that--and maybe we agree that a specific golfer named
> Mulligan is not proven as the source--here's what may be a very small lead.
> O. O. McIntyre (1884-1938) was a long-time newspaper columnist, including
> the long-running "New York Day by Day.". OED's first quotation is:
> "1936 Big Springs (Texas) Daily Herald 5 May 4/5 Another McIntyre-ism is
> the use of the ‘mulligan’—links-ology for a second shot employed after a
> previously dubbed shot."
> Given excellent researchers here (I've failed on this so far): which
> McIntyre column (if column it was) and what date? Please?
> Stephen Goranson
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