One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An off break bowled with an apparent leg-break action; a googly.
- ‘Cricket, with its googlies, boseys, chinamen, silly legs, byes, sundries - the whole argot - was incomprehensible without deep explanation.’
Early 20th century: from the name of Bernard J. T. Bosanquet (1877–1936), English all-round cricketer, + -ie.
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