July 28, 2012
hopscotch (noun)
\HAHP-skahch\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a child's game in which a player hops through a figure drawn on the ground
How do you use it?
A bunch of kids from the neighborhood had gathered at the park for a big game of hopscotch.
Are you a word wiz?

Kids love to hop, leap, and jump! That's made the game of hopscotch a favorite of children around the world, along with jump rope and leapfrog. Here's another little game for you: guess which of these statements about the names of these three games is true.

If you hopped right on over to C, you picked the right answer! "Leapfrog" dates back to the late 1500s. That makes it far older than both "hopscotch," which traces back to the early 1800s, and "jump rope," which traces to later in the 1800s, making "jump rope" the youngest of the three. "Hopscotch" gets its name from two words, "hop" and "scotch." The "hop" part is no surprise, of course, but the "scotch" part is a little less familiar to most of us. This sense of "scotch" is another word for "line" or "scratch."
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