A Dictionary of Cricketing Terminology

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E. Mellen Press, 1998 - Reference - 441 pages
Foley (French, U. of Strathclyde, Glasgow) notes in the introduction the difficulty of a Scot trying to explain the game to a Frenchman, so perhaps therein lies the inspiration for his guide to the arcane lexicology. He offers some 3,500 entries and 6,500 examples, many defining and explaining technical cricketing terms, but others considering terms of art, informal and slang designations, cliches, and metaphors. Though his main focus is on the most recent terminology, he does cite terms that were current in earlier periods and are no longer common. He does not indicate how to pronounce the words, but perhaps he would have had to include the London, Jamaican, Australian, and Kenyan pronunciations for each. The cross-referencing is extensive. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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