Quick question: What do you think of when you hear the word “pip?” do you think of a sound effect, slang from somewhere to take a peek at something, or maybe a shorter way of saying the name of the main character from the musical Pippin? Well today we are going to examine what that mysterious and really fun word to say really means.
Today’s Snapple fact is that “the dots on a domino are called pips.” In every game of dominoes you need to make sure that the pips match up with the correct pip number. A domino with five pips on one side and seven pips on the other would have to be matched with a domino that has seven pips on a side to match the domino on the left and another domino that has five pips on it for the right side of the original five-pip-seven-pip domino.
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The above paragraph used the word “pip” nine times. Did I mention that it’s fun to say?
Anyway, after looking at dictionary.com, the use of the word “pip” extends to more than the dots on a domino—it can also count towards dots on playing cards and even dice. That means that the next time you need to roll dice you can count the number of pips that show up on what you roll and compare it to the pip result of the opponent’s dice roll.
It goes farther than that though. A pip is also another name for a seed that you would find in fruit like an apple or an orange. If anyone is curious, by the way, an apple has on average three to five pips.
But wait—the use of pip in the English language isn’t done there! A pip can also mean a disease that birds can get, what officers in the military use to show their rank, a bird breaking out of its shell, and it’s even British slang for winning against someone—and the slang can even go as far as shooting to wound or kill.
So don’t forget; the word “pip” isn’t only something that you count on the dominoes you play Mexican Train with your friends. It’s also in that delicious apple that you had for lunch or slang for that one time you actually beat your friends in Mexican Train, whenever that was. Hopefully no gun was involved though.
Final Verdict: True. The word “pip” means a dot on a domino, and much more than that as well.