Marble Playing Terms
Bombing or Bombies – This term is used when you drop your marble onto another marble.
Dubs – This is when two or more marbles are knocked out of the ring with a single shot.
Fairsies – A game rule stating that each player gets back all his or her marbles at the end of play. This rule is decided before play begins.
Keepsies of Friendlies – A game rule stating that any marbles a player looses are not returned at the end of the game, but kept by whoever won them.
Lagging – In marbles you don’t flip a coin to see who goes first. You shoot or bowl a marble from the pitch line to another parallel line called the lag line. The closet to the lag line goes first.
Lag Line – This is the line you throw toward when lagging.
Mibs – These are the target marbles, or the ones you shoot at.
Mibster – This is the name for a person who plays marbles.
Pitch Line – This is the line you stand behind to lag.
Jumpsies or Skipping – This is when you shoot your marble in such a way that it jumps into the air and hits the target marble on landing without hitting the ground first.
Shooter – The marble you shoot with; it is generally larger than a regular marble.
Slip – This is when a marble slips out of a player’s hand accidentally.
Target Marble – The marble you are aiming at.
Taw – The marble you are shooting with; also called the shooter.
Taw Line – The line that you shoot behind.