One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A game in which each player throws a stick over the upstream side of a bridge into a stream or river, the winner being the person whose stick emerges first from under the bridge.
- ‘Sports included Poohsticks, which involve the dropping of twigs into water from one side of a bridge and running to the other side to see which arrives first.’
- ‘The small road bridge where the River Lostock in Audiville crosses the fast, Manchester-to-Preston expressway, where the Ducatis hit 130, is the perfect place to combine two sweet childhood games - Poohsticks and Chicken.’
- ‘The game of Poohsticks was invented here by Winnie-the-Pooh and was first played by him and his friends Rabbit, Piglet, and Roo.’
- ‘It's the game of Poohsticks, which poor old Eeyore himself inadvertently joins in.’
1920s: from Winnie-the-Pooh, the name of a toy bear in the children's books of A. A. Milne.
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