“The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors” by Josh Chetwynd
Baseball, football (American), basketball, ice hockey, golf, horse racing
May 10, 2016
4 of 5 stars (very good)
Sports metaphors have become an integral part of everyday language. Everything from “making the big leagues” to “lucky break” (from billiards) is covered in this short, entertaining book by Josh Chetwynd. Just about everything you wanted to know – or didn’t realize you wanted to know – is covered in just about every sport imaginable.
From American football to baseball to horse racing, nearly every phrase or metaphor that is used in communications by many people is covered. The origins of the phrase, whether it truly came from that sport or was merely a legend that has been passed down through generations, are also explained by Chetwynd.
These are all written in a manner that is easy to read and comprehend and will entertain the reader at the same time. Sports fans will enjoy reading about how phrases from their favorite games worked their way into the mainstream lexicon, but even those who do not follow sports would also enjoy reading about these common phrases and their unusual paths into our everyday language.
I wish to thank Ten Speed Press for providing a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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