We Use Sports Terms All the Time. But Where Do They Come From?

Victor Mather, writing for The New York Times:

More Shakespearean sport: When Hamlet says “To sleep — perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub!” by rub, he meant difficulty. The term comes from lawn bowling, of all sports.

The “rub” is an unevenness in the playing surface that can cause the ball to slow or alter course. A sticky wicket indeed!

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