Fun With Language, Regionalisms


I have always maintained that President Eisenhower’s signing of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 did more to unite the country than any other legislation. Its effect dwarfs the abject failure that is LBJ’s “Great Society.” That being said there are still barriers to common meaning due to regional or cultural differences.

“Salvage Dawgs” is a show that follows the exploits of a crew at Black Dog Salvage. The company specializes in architectural and junk salvage for resale and reuse. It is based in Roanoke, Virginia and covers the mid-Atlantic region. On one episode, they built a light tower for an outdoor entertainment venue, in Leesburg, Virginia. Leesburg is probably on the cusp, not quite beltway, not quite rural. At any rate, the boys from Black Dawg Salvage threw in a corn hole game.

To some, the name of the game is rather jarring. Here is what the Black Dawg guys had in mind. For those unfamiliar with this game, competitors throw bean bags at a target. Think a kinder gentler version of horseshoes.

Corn Hole game
Typical Corn hole game players

However, there is another constituency that has an interest in corn-hole games. Other than the fact that both activities can take place indoors or outdoors, they have nothing else in common.

Drag Queens, “Butt Bandit” corn hole team photo

Here is a description of the alternate corn hole activity.

Cornhole (sometimes corn hole) is a sexual slang vulgarism for anus.[1] The term came into use in the 1910s in the United States.[2] Its verb form to cornhole, which came into usage in the 1930s, means to have anal sex.[2][3] The term is apparently derived “from the practice in the days of the outhouse of using dried corn cobs for toilet paper.”[4][5] By the middle of the 20th century, the term was used among American criminals.[6] According to a 1944 report on same-sex prison rape, the term had taken on a more specific meaning of taking the penetrativerole in anal sex.[7] It was also popularized in part through use in gay culture.[8][9]

Their drag queen and fellow traveler version of corn hole also requires accouterments, in order to play.

In an act of ultimate irony or possible cultural appropriation the “Butt Bandits” have come up with a straight playing field version.

One must be ever alert. The perverts out there will adopt any stratagem to mainstream their ideas. First, they went after marriage, then perverted sex practices. What’s next? Inter-species dating?.

Double date