Dictionary of Sports and Games Terminology

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About the Book

The specialized jargon of some sports can be quite esoteric. Non-Americans, for example, are likely puzzled by baseball terms such as bunt, cut-off man, and safety squeeze, while the non–British may pause over cricket’s Chinaman, doosra, golden duck, off-break, popping crease, and yorker.
This new dictionary gives the definitions of more than 8,000 terms used in sports and games from around the world, including mainstream sports like basketball and billiards alongside the more obscure netball and snooker. Entries cover sports equipment, strategies, venues, qualifying categories, awards, and administrative bodies, while a comprehensive system of cross-references offers assistance and clarification when needed. An appendix lists standard abbreviations of sports ruling bodies and administrative organizations.

About the Author(s)

The late Adrian Room was a noted toponymist and onomastician. The author of more than 50 reference books about words and names, he lived in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England.

Bibliographic Details

Adrian Room
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 186
Bibliographic Info: appendix, bibliography
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4226-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5757-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Dictionary 5
Appendix: Abbreviations of Ruling Bodies and Administrative Organizations 177
Select Bibliography 179

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommended”—Booklist; “no similar work appears to have been published in decades…recommended—Choice; “excellent”—ARBA.