You know what’s the best? Random fun facts. Will I ever use them? Who knows, but it’s fun learning them! This little book is a perfect combination of my love of fun facts and sports.
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.
With quick and easy-to-read entries for each saying, this book is a great gift and read for people who love studying the English language and sports fans. There were quite a few that I didn’t know came from certain sports or certain episodes. It’s a book I’ll return to more than once. It’s divided by both team sports (who knew baseball was responsible for so many sayings!) and individual sports and is a fun book to add to any collection.
I will say my heart did a happy dance when Chick Hearn (the Lakers long time game announcer) was mentioned and his contribution to many – like slam dunk. Anything about the Lakers makes me happy!
What’s a favorite saying of yours?
(Thank you to Blogging for Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)