NFL Playoffs: What does hut mean in football?

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There is so much football vernacular that is constantly used in the NFL but the word 'hut' is arguably one of the most common. This is a three-letter word that the quarterback always yells as he gets ready to start an offensive play. Inside the game, it can sometimes be used as a hint or a signal that it's time to get into action. But where did this word come from and how did football players start using it? We decided to dig a little into the history of this word and what we found will definitely surprise more than one of you. Perhaps, out of all the words inside the slang, this has to be amongst the most used.

Where did 'hut' come from?

Sometimes it's used repeatedly by the quarterback to confuse the defense when he senses a blitz is coming. Also, he always has to tell the lineman the number of huts that are coming before he has to deliver the ball. In terms of history, we all know football has a certain militaristic aspect to it that resonates with the American public. As army-loving citizens, they love all that ritualistic aspect that comes with the NFL and how it relates to the military. Funny enough, the word 'hut' is directly related to a military term that originated all the was back in World War II. But looking at other accounts, the term might be much older than that.

The most common origin of the word comes from the military officials who used to shorten the word 'attention' to 'ten hut'. From that, it became part of the slang in many sports but football is where it finally stuck simply as 'hut'. But there is also an account of the 1890's player Jeff Hudson frmo the Notre Dame team. His teammates always tried to yell at him by yelling 'hud' and that word simply stuck over the decades until today. But it's more likely that the militaristic approach is the one we are going with. Contrary to the word 'hike' that is also used for similar purposes, 'hut' is the most recignizable word.

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