Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Word Wednesday silliness: Club

I chose a very simple word today, simply because I thought all the variations in use were interesting.

My Oxford Concise Dictionary also includes the word "clubbable." I had never heard of this as a word before. Is it a word? Really? Well, yes. To me, the word "clubbable" should mean "able to be clubbed" ie: beaten with a stick or club. But no, it means "suitable for membership of a club (not the heavy stick) because of one's sociability or popularity."

So, while it sounds like it would mean that you are worthy of being struck with a stick, it actually means that you are so popular and socially desirable that we want you to join our association dedicated to a particular interest (in this case, the interest apparently being popularity).

The word club can be a noun, an adjective, and a verb.

Club-n. 1) an association dedicated to a particular interest or activity 2) an organization offering members social amenities 3) a night club with music 4) heavy stick with a thick end, used as a weapon 5) club used to hit a ball in golf 6) a suit in a pack of playing cards

Club-v. 1) to club, clubbing - to go out to a nightclub
Clubbing-v. 1) to beat with a club or similar implement
Clubbable-adj. 1) suitable

(see also thefreedictionary.com for definition) I find it interesting that the Oxford dictionary is first thinking about country club in association with this word and that an American dictionary is first concerned with the item as a weapon.

see About.com for definition of "hooding the club." Excerpt: 1. In the more common usage, "hooding the club" means pressing the hands forward, which makes the clubface more upright, as a way to de-loft the club. A 5-iron that has been "hooded" will produce a lower trajectory than a normal 5-iron shot. This meaning is used when talking about lowering the ball flight, increasing roll or, on the green, producing topspin in a putt.

With so many possible meanings and interpretations, it is important that we make clear the context with which we use such a word! One could end up in the clink if one could not provide an alibi for a night out clubbing. If you are "clubby" it means that you are friendly and sociable with fellow members of a group or organization, but not with outsiders.

Does blogging count? As a blogger, am I clubbable? If so, maybe we can all meet and be clubby at the clubhouse with a club sandwich and some club soda before hitting the nightclub scene...

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1 comment:

Splendid Little Stars said...

"I got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it." [Rufus T. Firefly]
etomology of "club:" http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=club
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