Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
comes from Puss Achong, IIRC. Windies spinner of Oriental extraction. A batsman wandered off after being dismissed by him muttering about being bowled by a "Bloody chinaman".
comes from the expression "sending someone to Yorkshire", presumably because it's the worst place in the world...
I'm not altogther sure about "silly"
, but have always presumed it was because it was seen as being silly to field so close to the batsman.
(the popular Oz alternate for "Googly") comes from Bernard Bosanquet, who was the first to bowl the delivery.
Never heard "Bosie" in Australia in my experience. I thought it was an English expression.
I thought there was a similar derivation to Bosie for Yorker, as in the first exponent of it on a consistent basis was a Yorkshire bowler.
Square presumably refers to the fact that it's perpendicular or "square" to the main axis of the ground, ie the direction the pitch is pointing.
What's the origin of 'googly'?