Want to cheer on the athletes in their own curling language? Here’s some curling lingo that might help.
Biter A stone barely touching the 12-foot ring.
Blank end Neither team scores in the end.
Bonspiel A curling tournament.
Burned stone A stone touched while in motion.
Button The smallest ring in the house. It is two feet in diameter; it’s also called the “pot.”
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Delivery The process of throwing a stone.
Draw A shot that comes to rest within the house.
Eight end An end where all eight stones are counting.
End When 16 stones have come to rest, similar to an inning in baseball.
Freeze A stone coming to rest touching another stone.
Guard A shot that comes to rest in front of another stone for protection.
Hack The pieces of rubber you push off from at either end of the sheet.
Hammer The last shot of the end.
Hogger A shot that comes to rest short or on the hog line and is removed from play.
Hog line The thick black line 33 feet from the hack.
House The area within the outside circle at either end of the sheet.
Hurry! This means to sweep immediately.
In-turn A stone rotates clockwise for a right-handed player.
Out-turn A stone that rotates counter-clockwise for a right-handed player.
Pebble The frozen bumps on the ice that the stones ride on.
Peel A hard takeout designed to remove guards.
Rink A curling team.
Sheet The total playing area for one game.
Skip The captain of the team.
Spinner A rock thrown with excessive spin.
Steal Scoring a point without last rock advantage.
Take-out A shot thrown hard enough to remove another stone from play. Also called a “hit.”
Tee line The line that intersects the house at the center line.
The “toss” The toss of the coin to determine last rock in the first end.
“Hit the broom” or “on the broom” A rock thrown accurately at the aiming point.
“Lost its handle” A rock that loses its rotation.
“Nice rock” or “nice toss” Good shot.
Tee weight A rock thrown far enough to stop on the tee line.
Back ring weight A rock thrown hard enough to stop in the back of the house.
Draw the “lid” or “pin” Draw to the button.
Hack weight A rock thrown hard enough to stop near the hack.
Normal hit A rock thrown hard enough to remove another rock from play.
Heavy hit A rock thrown hard enough to forcefully remove a rock from play.
“Split ‘em” Hitting a rock at such an angle as to split them apart.
“You dumped it” or “you flipped it” A rock thrown inside the line of delivery, usually at the point of release.
“Take the rock” Sweep closest to the rock.
“The rock picked” The moving rock picked up a piece of debris that altered its course.
“Weld” A perfect freeze.
Source: U.S. Curling Association
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