Thursday, August 9, 2018

Midweek Fun: The sporty origin of some common expressions and idioms

Though it has nothing to do with legal skills training, it's a good, midweek-in-August kind of diversion. The New York Times ran an interesting article tracing the sports-based origin of some common phrases and idioms like "throwing your hat in the ring" (it's an old boxing practice) or "forte" (a fencing term) or, perhaps most quirky of all, "out of left field" (legend has it that the turn of the 20th century Cubs ballpark had an insane asylum overlooking left field out of which some off-the-wall comments were often heard by the patients).

Check out the sporty origin of other common phrases like "throw in the towel," "hands down," and "back to square one" right here.


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