This web article claims that the terms were coined by Mahendra Mapagunaratne.

The neologism Josephian Mafia is thought to be coined by Mahendra Mapagunaratne - a Sri Lankan cricket connoisseur based in Canada who incidentally coined the terms Carrom Ball for Ajantha Mendis' finger flicking delivery and Dilscoop for Tillekeratne Dilshan's unique back scoop over the wicket keeper's head.

Can anyone please confirm this? Wikipedia articles on these two terms have no clues on who coined the terms.

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    Please link to the Wikipedia articles mentioned in your question.
    – user7920
    Nov 20, 2012 at 12:46
  • I think this question should be migrated to english.SE, or, at least, I believe it would be. Nov 20, 2012 at 20:07
  • @coleopterist Dilscoop --> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilscoop Carrom ball --> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrom_ball
    – CRoshanLG
    Nov 21, 2012 at 4:00
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    @Carlo_R. I thought this belonged here because it's about a claim (not the word itself, but about the origin of it!)
    – CRoshanLG
    Nov 21, 2012 at 4:02


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