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Take a mulligan - and give an 'instant replay'

Posted by Ward on June 29, 2004

In Reply to: Take a mulligan posted by Bob on June 29, 2004

: : TAKE A MULLIGAN -- ".But if historians are lucky, Clinton will do what he sometimes does on the golf course and take a mulligan or do-over on the second half of his book." From "I'm Okay, You're Okay: Bill Clinton's Memoir Reflects the Tenor of His Times," a review by Walter Isaacson, Washington Post online, Monday, June 28, 2004; 5:41 AM. Accessed June 28, 2004.

: : From Merriam-Webster online:
: : Main Entry: mul·li·gan
: : Pronunciation: 'm&-li-g&n
: : Function: noun
: : Etymology: probably from the name Mulligan
: : : a free shot sometimes given a golfer in informal play when the previous shot was poorly played.

: : I am reading and liking the book, by the way: "My Life" by Bill Clinton.

: There's also the little-known (but deliciously vicious) nagillum - a backwards mulligan - where you can take away a particularly good shot by your opponent and make him play it over.

We call that an 'instant replay'. When a player takes a mulligan, he/she then must agree to do an instant replay. The opposing player can request that any subsequent shot be 'done over' for the remainder of the round. This little wrinkle really makes taking a mulligan very costly.