Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Brooklyn to English Dictionary

Welcome to the second installment of the Brooklyn to English, we're happy to have you back. Besides the diversity, our wicked accents we also have a language all our own that I'm going to share with you. Now let's get on with the lesson.

Today's word is Skelly pronounced "Skel-lee"

Skelly is a game that has been played on the streets of New York City for years.  Typically played using bottle caps (sometimes filled with wax or clay to weigh it down) on a board drawn with chalk. Though the rules change from place to place, the premise is the same shoot your piece across the board, remaining close to home and eliminating the other players on the board.

Though not played much anymore, you have to be a REAL NYer, born and raised (not some hipster or transplant) to understand how important this game was. Kids today only want to sit inside and play video games,we couldn't wait to get back outside to continue the street games we'd started the day before. Skelly was pure fun and entertainment and always ended in Good Times!

I think I may introduce C.J. to a little Skelly this weekend!


The Jaded NYer said...

I say we bring that game back, starting with our kids... the little annoying Italian boys up the street already play it; let's take the ball and run with it LOL

Reina said...

When I saw the pic, I just thought it was the merengue version of hopscotch. My bad.

Smarty P. Jones said...

We played this down here, but we called it "caps" because we played it with bottle caps. I'm pretty sure one of my ghetto ass cousins from NYC taught it to us.

@Reina, the merengue version of hopscotch. #iquityou