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Team Talk: Sporting Words and their Origins (Shire General) [Kindle Edition]

Julian Walker
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Have you ever wondered why we talk about a handicap in sport, why boxing is so named, or whether a dumbbell ever rang? It was during the nineteenth century that hitherto local games with relaxed and varying rules were formalized. During this process terminologies developed to refer to these new standardized sports, borrowing, modifying and redefining words from all walks of life in sometimes strange and unexpected ways. Considering such subjects as why sport shares so many words with the fields of hunting and conflict, and how English sports terms have been both adopted from and given to other languages, this book looks at how words have come into the field of sport and how they have developed and changed.

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About the Author

Julian Walker is a visual artist and educator working with collections, ideas of change and how objects hold stories. He has published books and articles on museology, aspects of English, and historical language collecting. He leads workshops on the history and development of language and books at the British Library.

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  • File Size: 2355 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Shire (February 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AGV87TO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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What a neat gift for sports heads and anyone of a remotely curious nature; where did all these phrases and words in such common everyday use come from? Now I know, as soon will both friends and relatives that are about to receive this as a 'valued' gift. In the same vein as Schott's original, this is a gloriously fun reference to either dip in and out of as and when, or hard to resist ploughing straight through it. I loved it, but then I'm a curious sporty (as opposed to a sporty curiosity). A bulls eye!
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