“Cornhole”… look it up!

From the “you learn something new every day” department…

I was having coffee with a friend this morning, and he offhandedly mentioned that he and his friends were going to get together this evening to drink beer and “play cornhole.”

After wiping up the coffee from my Danny Thomas spit-take, I cautiously asked him what that game consisted of. He explained that it involved the tossing of a small bag of corn through a hole in a distantly-placed wooden board. I thought to myself, “ah, just like a beanbag toss — y’know, normal stuff.”

My friend is from the Philippines, so I figured that “Cornhole” was the Filipino version of, or word for, our “Beanbag Toss,” the traditional (and wholesome!) backyard game the whole family can enjoy together. Not the other activity that immediately came to my mind when hearing that term. I cautioned him that he shouldn’t go around in public saying that he and his friends drink beer and “play cornhole” together. Visions of drunken sodomy orgies are not something one would normally introduce into casual conversation. I explained, sotto voce, that in our colorful American vernacular, “cornhole” pretty much refers to anal sex. He was shocked — and, ultimately, disbelieving. He said that he and his friends actually had purchased a Cornhole game kit from a local sporting goods store.

So, I figured, let’s go to the trusty internets to get to the real truth. Turning to the always unerring Wikipedia, I discovered, to my utter amazement, this:

(Link to Wikipedia article RIGHT HERE)

Maybe I could say, Well, I’ll be cornholed!, but I won’t. Suffice it to say that I always thought I was possessed of a relatively clean mind, but I guess I shouldn’t jump to the wrong conclusions over innocent remarks. But still… CORNHOLE is a game?? Who’da thunk?

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One Response to ““Cornhole”… look it up!”

  1. I have to admit, having been born in Louisiana and raised in Texas, that I leapt to much the very same conclusion you did upon hearing the term, “cornhole.”

    Yes, I channeled that directly in to the same area of the brain that you did … as most Americans probably would. Well, I would qualify that by saying “Southern Americans” but I don’t know where you are and I have no idea as to your upbringing. Still, we do seem to be of similar mind when it comes to that term.

    I also grew up with the game “beanbag toss” which generally consisted of either a straight toss through a target or a tic-tac-toe sort of game. Usually, this was found at fairs or Halloween games.

    It’s brilliant and hysterical how different cultures can be!
    I love it.

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