Why most teams’ snap cadence contains the word “hut”

 

Ben Zimmer

NFL Films Presents, put together a segment on the word hut. Hut is an interjection shouted by quarterbacks when initiating a play.They asked a number of NFL players and coaches their theories about the origin of hut, and then called upon a linguist to set the record straight. That linguist happened to be Ben Zimmer, language columnist for The Wall Street Journal and former language columnist for The Boston Globe and The New York Times Magazine

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