To the astute billiards player, certain words like scratch, side-pocket, and rack-em apply to the game of billiards. However, to the novice player hearing these words, these can seem confusing. Since there are a lot of billiards jargon, I’ll cover the three that are mentioned earlier: scratch, side-pocket, and rack-em.
The word “scratch” means when you hit the cue ball and for some reason it doesn’t hit any of your marked balls before the cue ball comes to a full stop (let’s just say that your established set of balls to pocket are solids), then when the word “scratch” comes into play. Also, if you hit the cue ball and it has been pocketed, then that would also be considered a scratch.
The word “side-pocket” is pretty much self-explanatory: it means of the of the two pots (holes) on the longer side of the pool table. The word “rack-em” is a slang term for “rack them” which means to put the balls, except the cue ball, in either the diamond- or triangle-shaped object to hold the balls in place before the start of the game.
You can check out more billiards jargon by going here. I hope to give you an insight to the world of billiards terminology. Please add a reply to this post, and I would like to hear what you have to say. Maybe you some billiards terminology that I haven’t heard of or that’s not listed in the above website.