One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounAustralian Rules Football
An umpire.‘'Open your eyes, white maggot,' is a typical chant’
- ‘He stood up at the football and screamed, red-faced: "You moron, ump! What is the matter with you, you white maggot?"’
- ‘The shouts of 'white maggot' are lost in the rant and roar.’
- ‘In the last minute it was up to a white maggot to get a call right.’
- ‘Footy fans face a ban on calling umpires "white maggots".’
- ‘The white maggots have been being kind of sooks because people have been threatening to come around and burn their houses down.’
- ‘If you have ambitions of becoming a white maggot, or just want to know more about AFL laws, check out the rule book.’
- ‘Say what you like about those white maggots, but they are the best thing the game has going for it.’
- ‘Historians are part of what a tabloid columnist referred to as 'white maggots'.’
- ‘They're out there doing their job and most of us supporters are sort of very biased, so if the ball doesn't go our way, then they're called 'white maggots'.’
- ‘Calling an umpire a white maggot is as Australian as having a barbecue.’
1980s: from the official's white uniform.
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