Tuesday, November 06, 2012

ABC Wednesday

The letter is Q

Q is for Quoits

Here is a fun video of a game of Quoits at a local pub.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg, Horseshoes or Quoits??? 

It seems some people are Quibbling about this, but no matter which the game of Quoits appears to have had its origin in ancient Greece  where poorer citizens, who could not afford a discus, made their own by bending horseshoes into a circle.  They were used in their open form only after it became customary to practice pitching at a spike embedded in the ground.

In England Quoits became so popular that Edward 111 and Eichard 11 prohibited the game in order to encourage archery.  However, it became quite a well organized sport by the 15th century probably because of the numerous attempts to eradicate it from the pubs and taverns of England.

The pub variety of Quoits has many offshoots, - games such as ringtoss or hoopla becoming popular as parlour games, and deck quoits which became popular as a means of entertaining blase passengers on long cruises.

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photowannabe said...

Couldn't get the picture but this sounds like an interesting game. Never heard of it before. I think you chose the perfect word for Q.

Roger Owen Green said...

never played, tho I'd heard of it. i did get picture, btw
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

ChrisJ said...

For me, it was quoits. I never came across horse-shoes until we moved to the States.

Pheno Menon said...

Perfect Q choice.. I quite like this post !!

PhenoMenon, ABCW Team

The Weaver of Grass said...

I had never heard of quoits until I came up here to North Yorkshire to live twenty five years ago. Here it is a very popular game and most villages have a quoits green and a quoiys team. They take it very seriously.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Never heard of it till now, thanks for sharing!

Que Sera Sera
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Leslie: said...

Looks like so much fun!

abcw team

Reader Wil said...

The players seem to be in high spirits, so it must be a great sport. Thank you for introducing this to us!
Wil, ABC Team.