There are times when even meaning isn't necessary:
Frairo Jacker, frairo Jacker...
Eenie Meenie Miney Mo...
And so I come to the mashie. I know it's an instrument for hitting golf balls - or used to be - and I have the impression it's a useful thing for getting a player out of tight spots.
A quick trip to Wikipedia reveals a whole group of mashies: Mid mashie, Mashie Iron, Mashie, Spade Mashie, Mashie niblick.
Wikipedia goes on to tell me, oh so mysteriously, that a Pitching Mashie is a number eight iron, and a Mashie niblick is not a wedge.
I have no idea at all what any of it means, but it fills me with a mild exhilaration all the same. I am oddly pleased, too, to learn that although mashies are generally described as obsolete, there has been a revival in their use.
Why has there been a revival in the mashie's fortunes?
What reason can there be, except perhaps as an homage to PG Wodehouse - or for their name?
(Actually, I think this might be a niblick...)
Word To Use Today: mashie. This word might come from the Frenh massue, club, and before that from the Latin mateola, mallet.