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Entry from December 06, 2017
“My new dog, Minton, just ate all my shuttlecocks. Bad Minton!”

A joke on the name of “badminton” has been cited in print since at least 2000:

“My new dog, Minton, just ate all my shuttlecocks. Bad Minton!”

The joke has been printed on several images.

Wikipedia: Badminton
Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are “singles” (with one player per side) and “doubles” (with two players per side). Badminton is often played as a casual outdoor activity in a yard or on a beach; formal games are played on a rectangular indoor court. Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock with the racquet and landing it within the opposing side’s half of the court.

Each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. Play ends once the shuttlecock has struck the floor or if a fault has been called by the umpire, service judge, or (in their absence) the opposing side.

Google Groups: alt.ozdebate
bad joke of the week
On Fri, 21 Apr 2000 08:07:11 GMT, Darryl
>Hi danielle,
>You were saying......
>>My dog “Minton” was very naughty yesterday
>> He ate 2 shuttlecocks

Google Groups: eunet.jokes
Joke of the Day (Monday)
My dog Minton ate two shuttlecocks yesterday.
Bad Minton.

Google Groups: alt.sports.soccer.everton
My dog Minton
He is a border collie and the other day Isaw him eating a shuttlecock. I was annoyed as I told him not to do it, so there was 1 thing to say..."BAD MINTON!!”

Google Groups: rec.music.dylan
My dog Minton has eaten all my shuttlecocks.
The Prince of Darkness
Bad Minton

Google Groups: uk.people.silversurfers
Seen on my backup PAYG ISP’s home page
My dog Minton has just swallowed two shuttlecocks.
“Bad Minton!” “Bad Minton!”

15 April 2004, The Daily Mirror (London, UK), “Our Resident Comic’s Joke of the Day—Greg’s Giggle,” pg. 47:
ONE day a man was walking his dog, Minton, in the park when the dog saw a shuttlecock on the floor and ate it. His owner shouted: “Bad Minton!”

Jeremy Keith‏
My dog Minton keeps eating shuttlecocks. Bad Minton!
10:33 AM - 25 Nov 2007

Replying to @moviedan
@dan13l #handle It’s just the best joke in the world: My dog, minton, ate some shutle cocks the other day… Bad Minton.
8:50 PM - 8 Dec 2008

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
Edited by Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
Pg. ?:
My dog Minton swallowed a shuttlecock. Bad Minton.

Bad Dad Jokes‏
My dog Minton ate a shuttlecock…
Bad Minton.
5:11 AM - 1 Sep 2014

Reddit—Dad Jokes
My dog Minton keeps eating my shuttlecocks. (self.dadjokes)
submitted August 1, 2017 by [deleted]

Dad Jokes‏
My new dog, Minton, just ate all my shuttlecocks. Bad Minton!!
2:40 PM - 6 Dec 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Wednesday, December 06, 2017 • Permalink