July 20, 2013
bandy (verb)
\BAN-dee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to exchange (words) in argument2 : to discuss or mention in gossip or small talk
How do you use it?
Several names for the team are being bandied about, and soon we'll get to vote on which one it'll be called by.
Are you a word wiz?

Like many words, "bandy" started out with a meaning different from its current common meanings. Which of the following do you think is the original meaning of "bandy"?

Did you bandy about possible answers to the question with anyone? Well, if you settled on A, you chose correctly. When "bandy" was first used in the late 1500's, it meant "to bat (something, such as a tennis ball) to and fro." No one knows where the word "bandy" comes from, but the word's connection to games did not end with the original meaning of the verb. "Bandy" can also be a noun. As a noun, it refers to a game similar to hockey. In fact, hockey is believed to have developed from the game of bandy.
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