Do you know the golf word of the day?
Every day, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary website posts its "word of the day." I'm usually pretty good at knowing them, but I have to admit that I had never heard of today's word.
Even worse for someone who's worked in golf journalism for a couple of decades now, it's a golf word.
So here it is: "Sclaff."
OK, golfers, ever heard of it? Know what it means?
Sclaff, according to Merriam-Webster, is a verb that means "to scrape the ground instead of hitting the ball cleanly on a golf stroke."
Here's an example they cited:
"Despite a bogey on his penultimate hole of the morning, where he sclaffed about in the sand and made things worse with three putts, it was a second consecutive 72 for the former Open champion." — Paul Forsyth, Scotland on Sunday, April 13, 2003
To me, "sclaff" sounds like a combination of "scrape" and "laugh" – which, heck, just might be where it comes from.
Or maybe not. But hey, either way, you learned something today!
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