A gift-worthy playbook of common and unexpected words and idioms that have their roots in sports and games.
There are many metaphors we can quickly identify from the realm of sports: covering all the bases (baseball), game plan (football), and par for the course (golf). But the English language is also peppered with the not-so-obvious influence of sports and games, such as go-to guy (basketball) and dead ringer (horse racing). Filled with pithy entries on each idiom, plus quotes showing how big talkers from President Obama to rapper Ice-T use them, this quirky little handbook from former minor league ballplayer and award-winning journalist Josh Chetwynd is sure to be a conversation starter at tailgates, cocktail parties, and in the boardroom.
Josh Chetwynd is a journalist, broadcaster, and author. He has served as a staff reporter for USA Today, the Hollywood Reporter, and U.S. News & World Report, and his writing has also appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the Times (London), the Harvard Negotiation Law… More about Josh Chetwynd
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“Fascinating, informative and hugely entertaining. This is a book I will return to again and again.” –BILL BRYSON, author of A Walk in the Woods and A Short History of Nearly Everything
“”Josh Chetwynd’s study underscores the enormous influence that sports have had on our language … Chetwynd’s accomplishment is … his easy style, engaging storytelling, and charming tone, which moves from high to low culture faster than an Allen Iverson crossover dribble.” –CHRISTOPHER J. SCALIA, The Weekly Standard