Cornhole glossary: All terminology and lingo you need to know

cornhole terminology glossary and lingo

Ace – You get an ace, one point, for getting a cornhole bag to land (and stay) on the board.

Air Mail – When a player throws a bag and it goes into the hole without touching the cornhole board, this is called air mail.

Back Door – A cornhole bag that, either through a bounce or a swish, goes over the top of a blocker and into the hole for 3 points.

Backstop – A cornhole bag that lands on the board, but behind the hole. This type of situation helps prevent other sliders from going off the board.

Blocker – When a cornhole bag lands in front of the hole this is called a blocker. Essentially, it “blocks” other bags from entering the hole.

Candycorn – A bag that falls short of hitting the cornhole board.

Cornfusion – When two players or teams cannot agree on the score in a particular inning.

Cornhole – A cornhole bag that is thrown and goes into the hole is called a cornhole. This gives 3 points to the player or team that threw.

Corn Patty – A bag that is not thrown with enough force and lands short of the cornhole boards.

Cornzizzle – When a single player gets four bags in the hole in a single round – a real feat!

Cow Pie – You get a cow pie, one point, for getting a cornhole bag to land and stay on the board.

Dirty Bag – Sometimes a bag hits the ground first before it bounces or rolls onto the cornhole board, resulting in a dirty bag. A dirty bag can also occur when a bag first hits the board and then partially slides off with part of the bag touching the ground. When any of these foul bags occur, no points are awarded for the throw.

Dirty Roll Up – When a bag first hits the ground before it “rolls” onto the board. No points are awarded for this roll.

Double Deuce – When a single player gets four bags in the hole in a single round – a real feat!

Double Stack – While most throwing styles are allowed in tournaments, the double stack is not, but it’s still fun for backyard play. Double stack is performed by stacking two cornhole bags on top of each other and simultaneously throwing them onto the cornhole board.

Drain O – A cornhole bag that is thrown and goes into the hole is called a drain-o. This gives 3 points to the player or team that threw.

Faultn’ – When a foot has stepped past the front of the cornhole board or other predetermined throwing line.

Fling – Some players like to hold the cornhole bag in a corner between their index finger and thumb and simply “flake” the bag with a flick of the wrist.

Flop – When a bag is thrown into the cornhole and there is no spin or rotation during its flight, this is called a flop.

Four Bagger – Similar to a double deuce or gusher, a 4 bagger is when a single player gets four bags in the hole in a single round. But in this case, without the help of their own or other players’ bags – ie swishers or sliders.

Frisbee – This type of throw has the cornhole bag spinning in the air like a frisbee to help it “stick” to the board when it lands.

Glory Hole – When a player throws a bag and it goes into the hole without touching the cornhole board, this is sometimes called a glory hole.

Granny – As in bowling, a granny throw is achieved by using both hands and throwing the cornhole bag between the legs.

Gusher – When a lone player gets four bags in the hole in a single round – a real feat!

Hammer – The last bag thrown each round or inning is sometimes called the hammer.

Hanger – Sometimes a cornhole bag lands on the board and hangs partially over the edge of the hole. This is called a hanger and it doesn’t get the 3 points if it doesn’t fall in completely.

Honors – A team is given honors for the next inning and may pitch only when they were the last to score in a previous game/inning.

Hooker – A bag that hits the board and slides in a hook or curve around another “blocker” cornhole bag and goes into the hole.

Jumper – A bag that hits another cornhole bag already on the board and causes it to “jump” into the hole.

Jump Shot – In cornhole, a jump shot is made when a player jumps and “shoots” the cornhole bag towards the hole, similar to basketball.

Knuckleballer – Throwing a cornhole bag into the cornhole, just like you would throw a knuckleball in baseball.

Light ’em Up – The popularity of cornhole lights for night gaming has really grown in recent years. This expression is used to signal that it is time to light them.

Lipper – A bag lying on the board, hangs halfway into the hole, but not all the way through to get the 3 points.

Make Them Glow – The popularity of cornhole lights has really grown in recent years. This is another expression that signals it’s time to light them up!

Police – Cornhole scorers or tournament officials are often referred to as the police.

Push Bag – When a single thrown cornhole bag either pushes or pulls two or more other bags already on the board into the hole.

Rim Job – Sometimes a bag looks like it’s going in, but then it hits the side or lip of the hole and bounces out and onto the ground.

Sally – A bag that is not thrown with enough force and lands short of the cornhole boards.

Shucked – This refers to a player or team that has gone 13-0, for those playing past the 11-0 skunk.

Shucker – When a bag is thrown and hits another player’s bag, knocking it off the board, this is called a shucker. Oh, hell!

Skunk – A skunk occurs (and the game is over) when one team or opponent reaches 11 points and the opposing team has 0 points.

Sky Bag – When a bean bag is thrown really high and lands well beyond the cornhole board it is called a sky bag.

Slick Woody – Like a Slider, the thrown bag hits the board below the hole and simply slides up and into the hole for 3 points.

Slider – A cornhole bag that is thrown, hits the board further down the hole and slides up the cornhole board and into the hole.

Stink – Any discarded bag that is considered unsavory for one reason or another can also be called a stink.

Swish – When a player throws a bag and it goes into the hole without touching the cornhole board, this is called a swish.

Weak Sauce – A player throws and their bag ends up off the cornhole board.

White Wash – A white wash occurs (and the game is over) when one team or opponent reaches 11 points and the opposing team has 0 points.

Woody – A thrown bag that remains on the cornhole board and gives the thrower a point.

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