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Thread #103866   Message #2130813
Posted By: Kent Davis
21-Aug-07 - 10:37 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Tag (the game)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Tag (the game)
Lonesome EJ,

The game you call "smear" was played by my father (born 1937) in Kegley, WV. He called it "hahchemahlee" which is, I would guess, how a little Anglo boy in the '40s heard "hot tamale".
We played the same game in Orangeburg, SC, in the late '60s and early '70s. I called it "Smear the Quarterback", as did my friends if an adult was listening. If not, they usually called it "Smear the Queer". The "queer" was whoever had the ball.
We did not allow strangling. It was an all against one tackle and rough, but not that rough.