New to me. There’s some speculative discussion on this etymology board from which I quote:
The Google Books search for “cornhole” between 1900-1965 reveals usage as anal sexing or people’s names. The earliest sex reference in their list seems to be 1951 with “Don’t let him cornhole you!” Moving the search to 1995-2005 begins revealing references to the game. All other date ranges previous involve anal sex, the anus, someone’s name or a literal hole in the ground for corn. (I checked.) Naturally, this doesn’t mean much about its out-of-book uses but it does give some metric.
Checking Etymonline, I was surprised to find this:
cornhole synonymous with “do anal intercourse” by 1930s, apparently the reference is to a game played in the farming regions of the Ohio Valley in the U.S. from 19c., in which players take turns throwing a small bag full of feed corn at a raised platform with a hole in it.
Does the game’s name really predate the word’s other meaning(s)? Where did the other meanings (I’ve seen it used as a noun and a verb) originate? I’m interested in any substantiated clues to the historical development of this Americanism.
The game seems similar to many that are seen at carnivals and fairs.