From Publishers Weekly
Lexicographer Ammer explores the evolution of more than 500 flamboyant sports idioms.
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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.
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