In basketball, why is a rebound simply not just called a bounce, ball bounce, or re-bounce? What exactly is a rebound? Also, why is a date with someone used to forget another date simply also called a rebound? What is the connection?

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    There ate at least two different questions here, and at least one of them is blatantly off-topic for Sports SE. – Nij Sep 30 '16 at 12:05
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    This may be better suited for English SE, as we're getting into word etymology rather than anything directly sports specific? – user527 Sep 30 '16 at 12:20

Bounce refers to dribbling a basketball. Re-bounce would mean to dribble again but it is not English so it would have no meaning.

Rebound is actually a word used when a ball or anything hits a hard object and deflects somewhere else. This isn't just a basketball term.

The connection with the date, is using a sports analogy. It is a rebound date because you missed on your other date/relationship but got another date quickly, just like if you missed your shot and got a rebound.

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