From Library Journal
Sports Talk differs from most sports dictionaries (e.g., Tim Considine's The Language of Sport, LJ 4/15/83) by defining the use of terms and phrases in everyday applications, as well as in their original context. The coverage goes beyond sports by including idioms from various games (e.g., cribbage, dominoes) and recreational activities (e.g., hiking). Although most of the 1700 alphabetically arranged entries are from baseball, boxing, sailing, and horse racing , over 100 categories are listed in a separate classified breakdown (Considine covers nine major sports). Most of the short entries (c.30 words) provide probable sources, definitions of both sport and popular usage, references to appearances in 22 sports and general language works, and cross-references. Because of its focus on general usage of metaphors originating in sports and other specialized activities, this work is for examiners of the English language more than for sports fans.
- Robert Aken, Univ. of Kentucky Libs., Lexington
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
?An alphabetical listing of more than 1,700 metaphors from a wide variety of sports, games, and amusements. Each entry gives a definition, an example of proper usage, the metaphor's source (sometimes probable), and the date of origin if known. Metaphors have been painstakingly gathered from such varied sources as books, periodicals, and newspapers as well as radio and television and even speeches, interviews, and conversations. When encountered they have been checked against a number of cited works. An appendix classifies these metaphors etymologically, listing sources from animal games to yo-yo. Coauthored by professors of linguistics and of health, physical education, and recreation, this book will be of interest to many linguists, etymologists, journalists, and historians and other students of American culture, as well as to aficionados of sports. It should also provide informative and entertaining browsing, depicting how filled our language is with sports metaphors, many of whose derivations are little known: the devil to pay, ' hazard a guess, ' red herring, ' etc. Even libraries with numerous other sports dictionaries will want this work. Recommended for high school, public, and academic libraries.?-Choice
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