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Poll #1232845 Settle an argument for me...

The correct spelling...

ball sac
ball sack
 The Girls(tm) are split on which is the correct way to spell ball sac or sack. Help us out. I really don't want the book to fall apart on such a silly thing as the way to spell ball sac/sack.


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Jul. 31st, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
I think "sac" is the word you're looking for. Unless, of course, you're talking about something like a bag full of Wham-O Super Balls -- in which case "sack" would be the correct choice.

Now all you have to do is decide between "ball sac" and "ballsac." Have fun!

sac (sak)
(biology) A soft-walled cavity within a plant or animal, often containing a special fluid and usually having a narrow opening or none at all.
(mapping) Indentation in the contour lines of equal depth showing submarine relief.

sack 1 (săk) pronunciation
a. A large bag of strong coarse material for holding objects in bulk.
b. A similar container of paper or plastic.
c. The amount that such a container can hold.
2. also sacque A short loose-fitting garment for women and children.
3. Slang. Dismissal from employment: finally got the sack after a year of ineptitude.
4. Informal. A bed, mattress, or sleeping bag.
5. Baseball. A base.
6. Football. A successful attempt at sacking the quarterback.
tr.v., sacked, sack·ing, sacks.
1. To place into a sack.
2. Slang. To discharge from employment. See synonyms at dismiss.
3. Football. To tackle (a quarterback attempting to pass the ball) behind the line of scrimmage.
phrasal verb:
sack out Slang.
1. To sleep.
[Middle English, from Old English sacc, from Latin saccus, from Greek sakkos, of Semitic origin.]
WORD HISTORY The ordinary word sack carries within it a few thousand years of commercial history. Sack, which probably goes back to Middle Eastern antiquity, has a long history because it and its ancestors denoted an object used in trade between various peoples. Thus the Greeks got their word sakkos, “a bag made out of coarse cloth or hair,” from the Phoenicians with whom they traded. We do not know the Phoenician word, but we know words that are akin to it, such as Hebrew śaq and Akkadian saqqu. The Greeks then passed the sack, as it were, to the Latin-speaking Romans, who transmitted their word saccus, “a large bag or sack,” to the Germanic tribes with whom they traded, who gave it the form *sakkiz (other peoples have also taken this word from Greek or Latin, including speakers of Welsh, Russian, Polish, and Albanian). The speakers of Old English, a Germanic language, used two forms of the word, sæc, from *sakkiz, and sacc, directly from Latin; the second Old English form is the ancestor of our sack.

sack 2 (săk) pronunciation
tr.v., sacked, sack·ing, sacks.
To rob of goods or valuables, especially after capture.
1. The looting or pillaging of a captured city or town.
2. Plunder; loot.
[Probably from French (mettre à) sac, (to put in) a sack, from Old French sac, sack, from Latin saccus, sack, bag. See sack1.]

sack 3 (săk) pronunciation
Any of various light, dry, strong wines from Spain and the Canary Islands, imported to England in the 16th and 17th centuries.
[From French (vin) sec, dry (wine), from Old French, from Latin siccus, dry.]

Honoré de Balzac
The French novelist Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) was the first writer to use fiction to convey the total social scene prevailing within one country at a particular period in its history. Commonly regarded as the founder of social realism, he also had affinities with the romantics.

(redirected from Ballsac)
scrotum /scro·tum/ (skro´tum) the pouch containing the testes and their accessory organs.
lymph scrotum elephantiasis scroti.

Jul. 31st, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Well....
Always reliably thorough, you are. :)

Thank you for taking my survey. I'm puching for sac but I'm behind in the polls. I'm the only one of the four that's fighting for sac anymore. THere's been an overwhelming responce for "sack" even though, yes that does make me think of a bag full of dodgeballs the gym teacher takes out.

If your gym teacher pulls out his ball sack...it's time to play a game and dodgeball
If your gym teacher takes out his ball sec...you need to report him to the authorities.

Isn't it a funny language.
Aug. 5th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
Re: Well....
How very Carlin of you there. You get points.

Put down another for sac.

I'm finding it funny that those who have one are voting so that those who don't can be set straight. The sacs must stick together!!

You know, there are also a gazillion other more colorful names you could use that would end this argument right away.
Aug. 5th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Well....
Yeah I know there's a plethora of ways to say ball sac. However in the sentence we've decided that ball sac is the best word to use. I can't remember the sentence off the top of my head but it's a funny (albeit disturbing) image. :)
Jul. 31st, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Well....
and lol @ Balzac :P
Jul. 31st, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Well....
I put Honoré de Balzac in there because I remembered part of a television interview with actor Michael Caine, many years ago. At some point early in his acting career, Caine and the people with whom he was then working made a list of sporting-event terminology by using names of literary figures.

The boxing term "No hitting below the belt!" became "Honoré de Balzac." He rattled of several more of these gems, but this is the only one I can recall.

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