Pool, from the deep end
March 21, 2018
Pool, or billiards, began with …
I know that because I made up a funny bit about how darts began, you are waiting for me to give you a completely fabricated, cock-and-bull story about how this sport arose.
I, being a semi-sadist, refuse to do it.
… plus I couldn’t think of anything outlandish enough.
The Name of the Game
Billiards got its name from France. It either came from the word “billart, “ one of the wooden sticks originally used or “bille,” meaning a ball.
In the 19th century, “poolroom” was the term used for a horse racing betting parlor and the term “pool”...