from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Scots A curling match or tournament.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tournament in the sport of curling.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A curling match between clubs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A match between two opposite parties, as two parishes, at archery, golf, curling, etc.: now generally restricted to the last-mentioned game.
As for the origins of the word "bonspiel," Collected Wisdom blew the dust of its copy of the Oxford English Dictionary, which tells us the word is "of uncertain origin and history."
However, when curlers play a similar group of games, it is called a bonspiel.
And indeed the weather has played its part and in a better, saner world the bonspiel would be going ahead.
Might holding the bonspiel take quite some organisation?
Central Scotland Police, who were involved in the negotiations, said they had a number of "serious concerns" about the proposed bonspiel.
It is hard to imagine what might make this bonspiel more dangerous than the last two Grand Matches held in 1979 and 1963.
Maybe it's because Tiger is always surrounded by an adoring media and fans that he isn't grounded in reality, but he should note that golf is slightly more exciting than watching a professional fishing tourney or a curling bonspiel.
Unless it was the highest scoring bonspiel ever recorded.
"Mountain Dew" flowed freely at every bonspiel, and it was generally understood that all bigoted teetotalism was justly suspended till the ice vanished in the spring.
"Deacon," "Cyclone," and "Skookum," invaded Vancouver to demonstrate at an inter-provincial curling bonspiel that was arranged to take place at that city.
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