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Southpaws and Sunday Punches: And Other Sporting Expressions Paperback – December 1, 1994


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lexicographer Ammer explores the evolution of more than 500 flamboyant sports idioms.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Unlike other sporting dictionaries (e.g., Tim Considine's The Language of Sport , LJ 4/15/83), this book concentrates on expressions that have nonsports meanings and applications as well. For instance, handler, taken from dog showing and boxing, now connotes an image coach for a public figure. Running interference for someone no longer requires a football field. Ammer, author of other subject-specific dictionaries like Seeing Red or Tickled Pink (Dutton, 1992), provides definitions, origins, and quotations for the original and figurative usages of about 600 terms. The numerous quotations range from the 13th century ("He's blest who bears away the ball") to 1992 ("Orion Pictures... is on Tinseltown's disabled list."). Although a delight for sports fans, this book is not a serious reference work. Many terms are omitted (e.g., chip shot , tailgate parties , and whistleblower ), and many cross references are missed (e.g., from hot dog to grandstand ). Historical line drawings enhance the text. For large subject collections.
- Kathy Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, B.C.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (December 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452272483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452272484
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,381,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christine Ammer is a lifelong student of language. She is the author of several dozen popular reference books, on subjects ranging from classical music to women's health. In recent decades she has concentrated on language, especially colloquial expressions. She lives and looks into words in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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