MONITOR QUIZ: Sports Terms With Strange Names
Listed below are common words in our language; however, they have a different meaning on the playing field. According to "Webster's Sports Dictionary," sport does, in fact, have a language of its own. "It is a language that is often crisp and to the point, sometimes witty and descriptive." For example, where would you find a fireman and smoke? Answer: in baseball! A fireman is a relief pitcher, and to smoke is to throw fastballs to a batter. See if you can identify the summer sports!Skip to next paragraph
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Sources: "Webster's Sports Dictionary" (1976); "The Language of Sport" (1982), by Tim Considine.
3. bird (or shuttle)
7. morning glory
14. coffee grinder
BONUS. And what is a pudding????
(1) eagle (golf) a score of two strokes less than par for a ball; (2) love (tennis) a score of zero; (3) bird (badminton) a shuttlecock made of nylon or goose feathers; (4) hoop (croquet) a wicket; (5) clothesline (baseball) a line drive, aka "a frozen rope"; (6) petticoat (archery) the part of the target on the outside with no scoring value; (7) morning glory (horse racing) a horse that shows great speed in the morning workout but does poorly in races; (8) apple - a baseball; (9) lollipop (tennis) a ball that is easy to hit; (10) apron (golf) area of closely cut grass near the putting green; (11) willow (cricket) a bat; (12) pillow (canoeing) a large rock that allows water over it smoothly; (13) bagel (tennis) to win in six straight games; (14) coffee grinder (sailing) a two-hand winch with handles on both sides for hoisting a sail; (15) handcuff (baseball) to hold a batter or team to a few hits; (16) jellyfish (swimming) a face-down float with arms and legs hanging down; (17) lace (tennis) to hit a ball with notable force or power; (18) soup (surfing) the fast-moving white water that rolls shoreward; BONUS ANSWER: A pudding is a British term for a playing field thoroughly soaked by rain.