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Poll Of The Day: Do We Need A New Word For Schmozzle?
Last night on The Sunday Game, when introducing the scrap between Clare and Limerick players in Thurles Saturday night, presenter Des Cahill suggested that we may perhaps need a new word for schmozzle. This was based I think on the overuse of the word in dealing with large-scale GAA dust-ups. I’m with Des- we should strive for a very flexible vocabulary in describing the world around us. Others have a different relationship with the word schmozzle. Some believe it is the perfect word to capture an impassioned GAAs scrap of more than 6 players. They claim it’s a very exact word. What happened in Derrytresk over the winter was clearly not a schmozzle, but the scrap on Saturday maintained that level of organised, forgotten-about-ten-minutes later violence that makes a schmozzle a schmozzle.
Neil Tracy, for instance, was spot on in his definition of a schmozzle on Twitter yesterday:
That really was a textbook schmozzle on the Lim Clare match. Too intense for handbags, not vicious enough for a melee. Textbook. #sundaygame
— Neil Treacy (@neil_treacy) July 15, 2012
So the question is, readers, do we need a new word for schmozzle, or in fact, is schmozzle perfectly apt? Vote here.