The New Pinball Dictionary


Hello, TILTForums!

Since many of the good nominations come from competitive players, I hope this is a welcome topic to encourage people to post ideas.

And now, the spiel. :wink:

The mission of The New Pinball Dictionary is to gather terms used by the pinball gaming community which may or may not be a part of the official lexicon. Besides, some of these terms are just made-up … :slight_smile:

If you have a suggestion for a nomination to the New Pinball Dictionary, or you would like to support, “second”, or improve something that has already been nominated, please use this forum topic to participate.

Thanks for your contributions!

I want to provide as many ways as possible for pinballers to make suggestions, without having to wait for me to post them.

Those terms that receive a large amount of support will be promoted to the “Hall of Fame” main page.

As an aside, I am so glad this can find a home here. New competitive players will most likely see this topic on TILTForums first before they see “The Main Page” so thanks for your participation! :slight_smile:


I feel it would be fitting to have a suggestion given via our new National Champion, Adam Lefkoff:

(March 17 on Facebook:)

For the dictionary - heard at phof today, don’t know if it’s been nominated before:

“Pinligamy” - when someone gets involved in two or more games at once.

“Hey, it’s Zen’s turn, where is he ? Ah man, he is committing pinligamy over there on Kiss”.

The term is attributed to Eric Wagensonner from bay area.



I nominate “moonwalk” for when a ball goes up the inlane to the outlane. Bowen also had that right wire form DM moonwalk on his tutorial. Not my phrase, but definitely surprised to not see it on the NPD page.


I was surprised not to find the “Elwin pose” on the list


We’ve taken to calling this the “Taxi” or “Getting Taxied” in Seattle. Probably because there are several Taxis on location and it happens a lot on Taxi


I have a couple

Magic lazarus

I noticed recently that there was a term for when a fast drain ball flying over the flipper back into play. I have been refering to this as a Super lazarus.

But I also have a Magic lazarus. On older games with an outhole kicker, something quite spectacular can happen when draining two ball with very unique timing. When the first ball is kicked to the trough it can push the second ball in such a way that it is accending slowly up between the flippers and back into play. I have only seen it twice. Once on a Funhouse and once on a Fish Tales. It is so amazing to see. So, I named it The magic lazarus.

The cat paw

That light flip to deaden the momentum of the ball. Like a flip catch but without holding the flipper up. When performed idealy, the ball is resting over the flipper and will land calmly for trap on a subsequent flip. You know what I mean.

The term “cat paw” is used in Danish on football players (that is, what we address as football) that deaden the ball on a fast passing/air ball with a subtle tip of the foot.

As seen in the first couple of segments in the Messi highlight compilation.


Gene Simmons’ed

"When a playfield element or toy ejects a ball STDM. Some instances have tiny ball saves to compensate, while others immediately end your ball. With the exception of a small few, most of these are due to mechanical errors and can be remedied.

Examples of these include the Gene Simmons toy on Stern Kiss, the Snake in Metallica, the scoop in Monster Bash, and the Dragon shot in Game of Thrones."

Nominated for the giant Gene Simmons head on Stern Kiss and its tendency to spit out balls STDM to the point where a ball saver was added on eject.


Or soon to be the new Alien head lock mech


So that would make Zen a pinligamist? :slight_smile:


I believe “moonwalk” is used more commonly to describe when a ball comes off a ramp into the inlane like it should, but then floats into the outlane. Seems to be common on DM, W?D, and Pinbots.

I always refer to what you are describing as “up and over”

What I’d be interested in is some common lingo for plunger/skill shot stuff. Over the weekend at Pin-Masters I took notes on how I was measuring the skillshots. I found that when trying to share that information with other players, it was really confusing to them. If I say the “fourth notch”, does that mean 4 from the top or 4 from the bottom? Am I measuring from the tip of the rubber, the bottom of the rubber, the washer, etc…? Not that everyone plunges the same anyways, but that kind of info can at least help someone get in the ballpark.


“Last Man Plunging”

In a 4-player Pin-golf group, when 3 people have passed the target score and are no longer playing, the last player has to stand there and plunge through everyone else’s balls in order to get to their next ball in play.

“In the Pin-Masters finals, Keith Elwin was Last Man Plunging on that Fish Tales” :wink:


such a TERRIBLE feeling


We got you covered :slightly_smiling:


I sometimes have hesitations for proper names, because what if “person X” becomes famous or is famous for something else entirely.

(e.g. a reason why the most recent member of the main page stayed “in the chamber” for a while before I posted it. - but it got supported by over 30+ likes on Facebook.)

But, “Elwin Pose” is used so much that it really needs to be in the “Hall of Fame”. Now that there are lots of good screenshots available, I can remedy this.


Watch Werdrick do the “cat paw” at 1:47:29 and at 2:03:23.


Jason is one of the true masters of the “cat paw”, and I like and endorse the term!


Massenkoff was doing a version of this off of the feed from the GOT right loop with much higher success rate than I saw anybody get with live catches, dead bounces, loop passes, or just shooting on the fly. Sort of a similar action and timing as a loop pass, dropping the flipper just as the ball touches it in a way that sucks enough momentum out of the ball to just pop it back up a bit, allowing just enough time to bring the flipper back up for a trap.

Unfortunately didn’t end up on the stream, but I’m pretty sure he stuck it every single time. A nice move to have on a tilty GOT with no ball-save and wide open outlanes that was punishing botched live catches left and right.

The first similar non-pinball action that comes to mind is the way seals bounce and spin a ball on their nose I guess you could call it a “swipe catch”? “loop drop”? “fade catch”? I dunno, but it’s definitely a thing!


@sk8ball called it the “loop corral”

I just liked to call it a loop catch.


The Superband catch :wink: Man those things are great at making live catches safe…


What about just being “Kissed”? Gene Simmonsed may be more accurate, but it’s kind of a mouthful (see what I did there?).