handegg

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From hand +‎ egg, by deliberate contrast to football meaning "soccer", emphasizing the use of the hands and an elongated rather than round ball.

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handegg (countable and uncountable, plural handeggs)

  1. (slang, uncountable) A humorous term for the game of American football, or for any other sport called "football" that uses a prolate spheroid instead of a ball and in which the hands may be used, such as Canadian football or rugby.
    • 1909 November 9, letter to the editor, in The New York Times:
      Football is certainly a misnomer, for the game is played not with the feet but with the hands, and the ball is not a ball but an egg. I propose that the game be played with the feet and with a ball, or else that it be called "hand-egg".
    • 2002 June 8, "p/g" (username), "Why does Arafat still draw breath?", in alt.music.rush:
      Yes, but would anyone show up for a game of handegg?
    • 2011 February 1, "FileServe FileSonic XXX" (username), "Innocent High - Jynx Maze XXX - 303 MB", worlds_sexiest_women:
      When I get there he waswatching handegg. Im not into that hand egg shit so we got into a heatedargument on which was better.
    • 2011 February 8, "RVG" (username), "french pride", in fr.soc.politique:
      You're wrong, kids all around the world play football, it just takes a ball and a pair of sneakers, whereas handegg requires a full body armour.