Gary Carter was one of the best catchers the MLB has ever seen and a Mets hero. The Hall of Famer won three gold gloves throughout his 21-year career and was an 11-time All-Star. He helped the Mets win their last World Series in 1986, belting a 10th-inning single in Game 6 to spark one of the most famous comebacks in MLB history against Boston. New York honored “Kid” Carter after his passing back in February by lighting up the Empire State Building and remembering his infectious personality. Apparently he left his mark on more than just the game of baseball.
Merriam-Webster recently added the term “f-bomb” to the dictionary and credited Carter with coining the phrase. According to the Associated Press, an associate editor for Merriam-Webster traced Carter’s use of the phrase to a 1988 Newsday article in which he said he was giving up swearing.
While there is no way of knowing if Carter truly was the first person to call the f-word an “f-bomb,” we might as well give someone credit for starting it. If Bobby Valentine can take credit for creating the wrap sandwich, Gary Carter can be recognized for giving us an outstanding way to censor profanity.
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