Onomatopoeic. Ping-Pong (with dash) is a registered wordmark of Parker Brothers, Inc., first used in 1900 and registered in the United States in 1930, and an example of a genericized trademark. Contrary to a common misconception, the word does not originate from Chinese 乒乓.
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- Table tennis.
1900, Daily Chronicle, published 1905, May 8, page 6/6:
- Our correspondent seems to hope that the unclean, playing Ping-Pong with the clean, will become unpleasantly conscious of his uncleanness and reform.
- (figuratively) An instance of figuratively bouncing something or someone back and forth.
1909, Thaddeus L. Bolton, “On the Efficacy of Consciousness”, in Frederick James Eugene Woodbridge and Wendell T. Bush editor, The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, volume 6, New York: The Science Press, page 424:
- To be conscious is to be subject to just such a ping-pong of recurring nervous activities that effect muscle tone on one side and brain discharge on the other.
- Greek: πινγκ πονγκ n (pinnk ponnk)