‘Cheers’ to the Masters

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If you were one of the millions of golf fans who watched the Masters tournament last weekend, you were treated to a great show put on by the world’s best golfers on what many experts say is the most beautiful course on the planet.

Golf is serious business and no one takes golf more seriously than the folks who give the Green Jacket to the winner of the Masters. But, we wonder, do the Masters overlords sometimes take things too seriously?

For instance, TV announcers are instructed to say “bunkers,” not “sand traps.” The course’s signature egg-salad sandwiches come wrapped in green lest any unsightly white napkins escape hyper-vigilant trash wardens.

With policies like this, it was entirely believable when the British golf website, Bunkered Online, reported that security guards at the Masters Tournament (which is, you may have heard, a tradition like none other) had been instructed to eject anyone in the crowd (sorry, “gallery”) who yells the phrase “Dilly-dilly” as golfers strike the ball. Alas, it wasn’t entirely true. Yelling almost anything can get you ejected. This is not your local championship.

If you haven’t been watching beer commercials lately, “Dilly-dilly” is a beer company catch-phrase from a series of ads last year. It means, roughly, “Cheers,” but Augusta National will have none of it, the website reported.

Perhaps society has descended to the point where its inebriated citizenry must be reminded not to scream at the most prestigious golf tournament in the world.

But all humor is not lost, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. According to the fictional Middle Age “Dilly-dilly” spokesman “king”, his royal tailors made 1,000 Dilly Dilly shirts that were delivered to Georgia in time for the festivities.

“For if thou cannot say Dilly Dilly, thou can still wear Dilly Dilly,” the “king” noted in a tweet.

If you haven’t been watching beer commercials lately, “Dilly-dilly” is a catch-phrase from a series of ads last year. It means, roughly, “Cheers,” but Augusta National will have none of it, the website reported. 

Perhaps society has descended to the point where its inebriated citizenry must be reminded not to scream at the most prestigious golf tournament in the world.

But all humor is not lost, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. According to King John Barley IV, “Dilly-dilly” spokesman, his royal tailors made 1,000 Dilly Dilly shirts that were delivered to Georgia in time for the festivities.

“For if thou cannot say Dilly Dilly, thou can still wear Dilly Dilly,” Barley noted in a tweet.

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