View Full Version : Where'd The Term "Shooting" Pool Come From?

04-22-2002, 06:48 AM
Ya know I have wondered off and on about the term shooting pool. Does anyone know the origin of this term in billiards terminology? Shooting may simply relate due to the aiming like a rifle, I dunno. Any ideas???sid

04-22-2002, 08:36 PM
I think you'd have to go all the way back to the invention of the bow and arrow. Shooting has always had something to do with the propulsion of a missile. The term has long been used in golf and croquet, and since pool is essentially a variation of those two games played on a table, much of the terminology is the same.