Surely water polo is the most inaccurately-named sport in existence. If the game wasn’t in the water it would not be polo, which is what the name implies. If anything it would be handball, so just call it water handball. For that matter, why not just call it waterball? It kind of sounds like the fun version of water boarding.
I’m curious about the origins of the sport’s name. I wonder if this is how the conversation transpired:
“There’s this new swimming game. A bunch of players jump in a pool and have to swim and use their hands to pass a leather ball around to throw it into the opposing team’s net,”
“Oh! So it’s like that game with horses and mallets?”
Names that would be more accurate for water polo than water polo: water polio, water pollo, X-treme Marco Polo.