Saturday, November 24, 2018

Borrowed and reversed

There's an example of an interesting phenomenon in yesterday's NYT crossword: a word or term borrowed from a narrow field - in this case, sports - that acquires the opposite connotation.

Here it's subpar, defined as "poor" where in golf it's good.

Another is pinch hitter; in real life, say giving a presentation, if you say "I'm pinch-hitting for Bob" you're warning the audience you probably won't be as good or knowledgeable as he, but in baseball a pinch hitter is supposed to do better (in the situation) than the guy being replaced.

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At 11:01 PM, November 27, 2018 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Your examples are more subtle than some of the famous ones:


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