Monday, May 9, 2016

Review of "The Field Guide of Sports Metaphors"

For my second post-cruise review of books read during the vacation, I chose this one that made for a good choice while relaxing on the balcony of our stateroom.  It was a quick read that took me less than two hours - not bad for a 224 page selection.  Entertaining and informative, here is my review of "The Field Guide of Sports Metaphors"

“The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors” by Josh Chetwynd

Baseball, football (American), basketball, ice hockey, golf, horse racing

Publish date:
May 10, 2016

224 pages

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.

Book Format Read:
E-book (Kindle)

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