One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A former duchy of western Germany, centred on the small town of Nassau, from which a branch of the House of Orange arose. It corresponds to parts of the present-day states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate.
2A port on the island of New Providence, capital of the Bahamas; population 240,000 (est. 2007).
An eighteen-hole match in which the players bet on the first nine holes, the second nine holes, and the entire round.
Early 20th century: from the name of Nassau Country Club in Nassau County, Long Island, New York State.
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