Five-hole officially added to Merriam-Webster dictionary
Words like ‘goaltender’, ‘mask’, ‘glove’, ‘net’, and ‘voodoo’ have been in the dictionary for ages.
Now, another piece of goaltender lingo has been added – officially.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the phrase ‘five-hole’ is now a legitimate, dictionary-worthy word. It’s defined as “the space between the legs of a goaltender,” and it’s no longer just a phrase used to chirp your least favorite tendy.
While it’s nice to see goaltending acknowledged by the community at large, they could have picked a better word to add. Where’s “Hasek-ing”? Why isn’t “Johnny Bower poke check” an official term recognized by the world?
Additionally, we’d like to see ‘butterfly’ finally get properly defined. The only verb-related definition for the word in the dictionary is “to split (a piece of meat) almost in two and spread it out flat”.
While that somewhat describes how we feel when we kick out without stretching first, that’s not *quite* the definition we were looking for.
Share with us your favorite goaltending phrases that don’t already have a home in the dictionary – or aren’t quite represented the right way (in our humble opinions, of course).