Invented in the 1880s, ping-pong quickly became so popular, poetry books were written about the sport. For instance, this 1902 title contains these immortal lines:
Ping to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pong with mine.
We twain may win the Challenge cup,
If ping with pong combine.
The craze, that in my soul doth rise,
Is doubtless keen in thine.
I’ll take the role of pinger up,
If thou’lt be pongstress mine!