SPORTS SLANG

 

The United States is Sports Crazy!! Americans love to play sports, and to watch them on TV or in person.

Over the years, many slang expressions have entered American English from the sports world. Three of the sports to give us the most slang are Baseball, Football and Basketball. Can you identify each kind of ball?

     

Next, try to identify each of the following common sports expressions which have entered the English language, and guess from which sport they came. Can you guess how they are used in non-sports conversations?


a slam dunk

A foul ball

to get sacked

Hit a home run

nothing but net

get to third base

 

in the bullpen

a pinch hitter

a switch hitter

jump ball

the whole nine yards

strike out

jump ball

time to punt

built like a linebacker

a Hail Mary pass

a double play

huddle up

 

Most American sports use lots of equiptment. Try to identify some of the equiptment used in each sport:

roundball

short pants

homeplate

sneakers

mitt

 

horsehide

chains

rim

bases

helmets

pigskin

bat

backboard

goal posts

shoulder pads

 

Now try to identify the different player positions for each sport:

pitcher

shooting guard

catcher

punter

third baseman

 

center

shortstop

wide receiver

linebacker

safety

fullback

power forward

outfielder

swingman

point guard

 

 

 

Finally, click on the link below and use the dictionaries to fill in the following sentences. These links are from Sports Illustrated Magazine, and require the Shockwave plugin.

That was a really bad shot. It didn't go anywhere near the basket. You threw up a <???????????>

He hit that ball so hard it traveled over 100 meters in a straight line! It looked like a <???????????>

I thought T.J. was going to get an easy basket, until Fast came from nowhere to <???????????> him!

Jamal though he was a great player until he he got beaten by some high school girls. They really
<???????????> him!

Nomar hit a homerun that landed somewhere in Kenmore Square. It was a real <???????????>

That pitch almost hit him in the head. That kind of <???????????> can be dangerous!

He's down on the court! He's not moving! Is he really hurt or was that just a <???????????>?

A good professional pitcher can throw the ball 160 kph. That's real <???????????>

That was such a nice reverse backward over-the-head stuff! They should <???????????> that move!

The ball almost got our of his glove but he managed to just barely <???????????> it.