Question about the term "Bush League"

Discussion in 'MLS: General' started by BerlinKopKid, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. BerlinKopKid

    BerlinKopKid New Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    Berlin, Germany
    Does the term reference somehting like the Australian Outback "The bush", meaning a bit barren, and under-developed? Or is it a reference to YouKnowWho?
     
  2. Chris M.

    Chris M. Member+

    Jan 18, 2002
    Chicago
    No, it's a term that is much older than dubya. I always assumed that it meant a league "out in the sticks" (another expression to denote more obscure places) or not in the major urban areas.
     
  3. EdTheRed

    EdTheRed Member+

    Feb 6, 2001
    Loose On The Town
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Cook Islands
    It's from baseball:

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/42/messages/1323.html

     
  4. EdTheRed

    EdTheRed Member+

    Feb 6, 2001
    Loose On The Town
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Cook Islands
    EDIT: Used in a sentence:

    (Yeah, "The Big Lebowski" has a quote for everything.)
     
  5. BerlinKopKid

    BerlinKopKid New Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    Berlin, Germany
    You know I kinda figured, but just wanted to check. Doesn't phrasing like that piss off rural folk?

    I mean, if I called someone here in Europe a "peasant", which is pretty much "Hick", "Redneck" or such...he'd probably take my head clean off.
     
  6. EdTheRed

    EdTheRed Member+

    Feb 6, 2001
    Loose On The Town
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Cook Islands
    While it's not necessarily a good idea to go around calling people rednecks and hicks, it's not as offensive as calling someone a "peasant" in Europe. The rural population in the U.S. was never "tied to the land" in the same way that the peasantry in Europe was (aside from folks who came over as indentured servants, usually for periods of seven years or so...after which they were free to move on), and there was never any hereditary nobility (not that you'd know based on our current president), so there's not less of a stigma about being "countrified" here. Folks are generally proud of their rural heritage.

    Of course, the above historical statement doesn't include the very large population of slaves, whose plight was even worse than that of medieval European serfs...and yeah, any insult drawing on that particularly sad/tragic/horrific chapter in U.S. history would likely get you a well-deserved ass kicking.
     
  7. THOMA GOL

    THOMA GOL BigSoccer Supporter

    Yokohama F-Marinos
    Jul 16, 1999
    Paradise of the Pacific
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Not if you are referring the the NASCAR Busch League, as I've heard some call it.
     
  8. FUAEG

    FUAEG Member+

    Oct 18, 2005
    San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Google is your friend.

    "Bush league is a general term used to describe an action or thing as being amateur, inferior or crude. In a literal sense, it refers to a low quality minor-league in baseball not associated with any of the major league teams. The term originated from the state of minor-league fields that often were ringed with shrubs and bushes."
     
  9. Es Brennt

    Es Brennt Member+

    Feb 25, 2003
    Shermer, Illinois
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    What doesn't?
    :rolleyes::p
     
  10. PJohnson

    PJohnson Member+

    DC United
    Dec 16, 2004
    South Dakota
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Many rural and small town folk in the United States embrace the word "Redneck" and wear it like a badge of honor. It draws a nice distinction between them and the Yuppie scum that live in our more urban areas. ;)
     
  11. HSEUPASSION

    HSEUPASSION New Member

    Apr 16, 2005
    Duck, NC
    A lot less than pisses off "cultured people".
     
  12. sitruc

    sitruc Member+

    Jul 25, 2006
    Virginia
    Who the hell are you calling folk?:mad:



    DISCLAIMER: That was a joke. It's sad that I always have to do these disclaimers on BS.
     
  13. Arrozito

    Arrozito New Member

    Jul 17, 2007
    SC
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Calling another team baseball team bush league is almost immediate grounds for a fight. Losing teams usually say it after they get humiliated or after a trick play.
     

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