A: "Mommy, why are they called bleachers?"
T: "Because when the coach doesn't put you in the game, it's called being bleached."
B: "Actually, that would be 'benched,' honey."
T: "Right. Um, well, no idea then."
The "bench for spectators at a sports field" sense (usually bleachers) is attested since 1889, Amer.Eng.; so named because the boards were bleached by the sun.
from online etymology dictionary. Because Asa should know. Plus he brought me a piece of cantaloupe last week because I let him pat the dog. What a great kid.
Posted by: Ruth Mercer on August 27, 2010 2:32 PM