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A lingo cheat sheet for the Brier

The Tim Hortons Brier begins this weekend.
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February 24, 2014 - 2:25 PM

KAMLOOPS - Get your favourite curling cheer or chant ready — the Brier fun begins Friday in Kamloops and that means lots of rocks, buttons, hammers and live entertainment.

The Brier Patch opens at Memorial Arena Friday evening with live entertainment. Live curling action begins Saturday at Interior Savings Centre. The Brier Patch will also be home to food, drinks, autograph sessions (next door at the curling club) and Cool Shots games.

More than 500 volunteers are on standby and thousands of people are expected to visit our city during the national men's curling championship next week.

“It's an amazing event.... The great quality of teams that will be here,” host committee chair Norm Daley says, noting it's been 18 years since the event was in Kamloops. “We're very fortunate to be hosting and we're looking forward to the event.”

Tickets are still available for single draws as well as full passes (through or at the arena box office) and draw tickets are needed in order to enjoy events at the Patch.

For those feeling the need to brush up on their curling lingo we've compiled some of the most common ones you will hear to help you fit in during the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier.

BITER - A stone that just touches the outer edge of the circles.
BUTTON - The circle at the centre of the house.
COUNTER - Any stone in the rings or touching the rings which is a potential point.
DELIVERY – Throwing a stone.
DRAW – A stone that comes to rest in the house.
END - A portion of a curling game that is completed when each team has thrown eight stones and the score has been decided.
FREEZE – A stone coming to rest touching another stone.
GUARD - A stone that is placed in a position so that it may protect another stone.
HAMMER – The last shot of the end.
HEAVY - A rock delivered with a greater force than necessary.
HIT - A take-out. Removal of a stone from the playing area by hitting it with another stone.
HOUSE - The rings or circles toward which play is directed consisting of a 12-foot ring, 8-foot ring, 4-foot ring and a button.
HURRY (or HURRY HARD) – Sweep immediately.
LOST ITS HANDLE – A rock that loses its rotation
NICE ROCK or NICE TOSS – Good shot
ON THE BROOM  or HIT THE BROOM - A rock thrown accurately at the aiming point
RAISE - When one stone is bumped ahead by another.
ROLL - The movement of a curling stone after it has struck a stationary stone in play.
SHOT ROCK - At any time during an end, the stone closest to the button.
SKIP - The player who determines the strategy, and directs play for the team. The skip delivers the last pair of stones for his/her team in each end.
SPLIT'EM – Hitting a rock at such an angle as to split them apart
SWEEPING - The action of moving a broom or brush back and forth in the path of a moving stone.
TAKE OUT - Removal of a stone from the playing area by hitting it with another stone.
TAKE THE ROCK – Sweep closest to the rock
WEIGHT - The amount of force given to the stone during the delivery.
WELD – A perfect freeze

To contact a reporter for this story, email, call 250-819-3723 or tweet @JennStahn.

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