A critical putt interrupted by a giant pop up, out of the green, of a big scientist's head.
The Scottish Word:

Gowf.

“Hoi! Mind yer heid we’re gowfin here.”

Translated:

gowf: golf.

“Hoi! Mind your head we are golfing here.”

[gowf spelled out in the phonetic alphabet.]

Illustration Friday. Hatch.

Golf is an old game but Scots lay claim to adding the hole and playing it on machair – the precursor of modern courses world wide with its short grass and sand traps. It was so popular that it was banned in 1452 in favour of archery practice – required for military service. The law, despite being mostly ignored, was not repealed in Scotland until 1502. You can read a more authoritative golf history here.

A friend of mine has designed some golf history books, the first being about Tom Morris.

The Scottish Word: gowf with its definition and its meaning illustrated and captioned with the word used in context in the Scots language and in English.

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