Whether you are playing for 'keepsies' or for fun - it's a good idea to know your marble terms.
Terms and play rules vary from place to place.
Here's a list of some common marble terms to get you started:
- Mib/Kimmie: One of thirteen 5/8" marbles placed in the center of the circle.
- Shooter/Taw: The marble that the player flicks toward the target mibs. The shooter must be more than 1/2" in diameter, but not over 3/4" in diameter.
- Knuckling down: A player must have at least one knuckle touching the ground while flicking.
- Fudging/Histing: A players hand was lifted off of the ground while shooting. A player will lose their turn for doing so.
- Flicking/Fulking: While knuckling down the shooter is flicked by the thumb out of the players hand.
- Aggie: Either a marble made out of agate or a glass marble that looks like it's agate. A glass or imitation aggie is also called an immie.
- Alley: A marble made of marble. Alley is short for alabaster.
- Bombsies: Dropping your shooter on the target marble.
- Keepsies: Playing for keeps. You get to keep all the marbles you win.
- Lagging: A way of choosing who shoots first. Players roll their marbles toward a line in the dirt (the lag line). Whoever gets closest without going over gets to shoot first.
- Plunking: Hitting the targets on the fly.
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