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Teabagging, Cornholes and Beavers

little beaverAfter reading a post about words this week, I got to thinking about words too and why we always, at the earliest opportunity, turn an innocent term into something sexual. I guess we’re just a depraved society that way. I blame the Internet.

The recent Tea Party movement and the subsequent teabagger label was an easy one. It certainly detracts from the issues, but at some point you can’t help but laugh. I’m pretty sure that the earlier Tea Bag, uh, Tea Party movements of the 1700’s didn’t have to suffer the same torment.

Then at one point this week, one of my colleagues told me about the popular game of Cornhole and directed me to their unintentionally hilarious website. Don’t worry, the link is 100% safe for work.

Really. Cornhole? We always called it bean bag toss, but the official name is “Cornhole”. It doesn’t get more unfortunate than that. Or does it? Their logo happens to be a suspiciously erect ear of corn.

When reading this snippet from their website, just try keeping your mind out of the gutter:

“Cornhole can be played anywhere – driveways, parks, backyard, campgrounds, beaches and even in-doors.”

Urban dictionary has about 45 definitions for cornhole and 2 of them define cornhole as a bean bag toss game. I don’t care if the bags are filled with corn or not. Cornhole is a terrible name for a game that’s “great for family outings.”

And finally, back in January of this year, the age old Canadian publication “The Beaver” was actually forced to change its name to the incredibly mundane “Canada’s History” due to the fact that The Beaver’s website was actually attracting viewers who were not exactly interested in the history of Canada’s fur trade. Damn, fur trade doesn’t work either. Put it this way: they were not looking for information about Jacques Cartier.

This isn’t really unexpected either. Canada’s national symbol is the beaver and has been poked – I mean made –  fun of for as long as anyone can remember.

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  • That was the brilliance of Lenny Bruce and George Carlin — words only have the power that we give them. Cornhole is pretty much an unfortunate name for anything. I wonder if some poor s.o.b has it for a last name. “Conrad Cornhole.” Okay, now I’m just being juvenile. 😉
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  • Jen

    I AM Cornholio!

    I miss those guys.

    Good thing the cat isn’t the national symbol of Canada.

    I think we poke fun at these things because we can. We can’t make fun of other people, we can’t make fun of stereotypes, we can’t make fun of most things anymore. Sex has always been taboo on some level so it seems the logical choice to “go there”. Besides, it’s just funny.

    Thanks for the mention!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Tooth Fairy Part 4 =-.

  • mike

    Jayne – I’m sure there is someone with a name that at least approximates Cornhole. Must make for a tough childhood. I miss Carlin, but we still have Louis CK to make us think about shit.

    Jen – I think that’s really what it comes down to: because it’s funny. If it’s not one thing, we’ll find something else. Ya gotta laugh at some point.

  • “Cornhole is a terrible name for a game that’s “great for family outings.”

    That cracked me up!
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Doing Things Differently™ – My Week In Review [Part Five] =-.

  • Ohara

    Mike, I am even more confused today in reading the above than I was when I received your email invitation. What exactly then, did you mean when you invited me for some tea-bagging?

  • mike

    Meleah – In retrospect, Cornhole is a terrible name for anything.

    Ohara – Did I say tea-bagging? I meant Cornholing.

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