Monday 11 May 2009

New words and phrases

Talking about Ravi Bopara yesterday, Andy Flower said: 'I rate him highly, talent-threshold-wise'.

Presumably Ravi should be pleased, although it's a classic coach's neologism in which the second word is essentially meaningless. The sentence would hold if Flower had said, 'I rate him highly, talent-wise'.

Still, it deserves a place in the New Lexicon Of Cricket*, along with this week's other entries:

Talent-threshold Colloq. noun. - Subjective measure of playing ability, usually spoken by coaches. 
Usage: 'Michael Vaughan is batting well below his talent-threshold this season - he's lucky to have that central contract'.

DLFed verb. - The act of hitting the ball over the boundary in any IPL match.
Usage: 'Ishant dropped short and Tendulkar DLFed him into row Z'.

Barebat noun. verb. - A batsman using a bat with no maker's stickers on it, sometimes in a bid to generate a new sponsorship deal.
Usage: 'Matty Hayden's still barebat in the IPL. His agent must be asking too much'.

Crease virus Colloq. noun. Batsman who gets to the crease and proceeds to replicate the same shot many hundreds of times.
Usage: 'That Brendan Nash is a total crease virus. He's been in for about five hours now'.

* This doesn't exist. But all suggested entries welcome.


Brit said...

I was at the County Ground to watch the Glosters continue their unexpectedly good start by beating Yorkshire in the FP this evening.

Hoggard was carrying the drinks. As he shambled past the members with his bottles one of the old codgers called out "What happened to your career, Hoggy?"

Everyone laughed, but immediately stifled it with 'ooh that's a bit much' moans.

I therefore suggest:

Hoggle (verb) - to laugh regretfully and sheepishly at another's misfortune.
Usage: the crowd hoggled ruefully as Ian Bell went for a golden duck in front of the England selectors.

12th Man said...

This is an old one.

Bucknor: (n) (adj)

1. Temporary blindness leading to missing out on the obvious.

2. Situations leading to grave judgemental errors.

Usage: I feel bucknored by my boss. Life often throws a bucknor at you.

12th Man said...

As in "I feel bucknored by my boss", it can also be used as a verb.

The Old Batsman said...

Poor old Hoggie. Imagine if you got heckled like that in the regular workplace. You know, you're just walking down the corridor and someone goes 'what happened to your career'?. Still, I've always thought that an element of sporting wages are intended as compensation for not being able to live a regular life. Anyhow, I'm rambling - good additions and I'm going to collect them and post more...

Patricia said...

I heard Dave Fulton on TV using 'ramprakashed' as the past participle of a verb. It seemed to mean that the opposing cricket team had been well and truly beaten by the efforts of one particular man.

The Old Batsman said...

Ramprakashed is great, and an example of a word that would have meant something entirely different during the first part of his career...