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Water Polo

water-poloSurely 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.


  1. prepman
    February 27, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Ok whoever created this thread is stupid the name is fine you don’t see anyone arguing about the sport of soccer not being called football get a life you fucking loser

  2. Anastasia
    May 28, 2009 at 10:11 am

    water polo is not like hand ball at all really . . . i have been playing it for a while. anyway, its like rugby but harder, and more physical . . . have you ever played water polo before? i dont think you get the game otherwise. also, water polo sounds better than water handball, and the version of water polo that we play today originated in England, where, coincedantally, polo is big. Also, the game has changed a lot over the years, so it it vaguely realted to today’s version of water polo.

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