Questions tagged [terminology]

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Origin of the term “Heavy Ball”?

I have often heard commentators describe particular bowlers as having a "heavy ball". By context, this seems to refer to a fast bowler being able to bowl a delivery that seems to impact the bat with ...
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Meaning of the phrase: To drive the ball “on the up”?

I have heard many times cricket commentators referring to players driving the ball 'on the up'. By the context, this is taken to be a difficult and risky thing to do and makes a good shot even better ...
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What does the shortcut JE used in tennis drawsheets mean?

I have noticed a shortcut JE in drawsheets of some tennis tournaments. For example, it is used here (for Taylor Towsend) or here (for Kateřina Siniaková). What does this shortcut mean?
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What is the red zone in rugby (or American football) and how did it get that name?

What is the red zone in rugby (or American football) and how did it get the name red zone? I couldn't see anything mentioned about this in the Wikipedia page for both games.
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Is “The Blues” a nickname for the St. Louis Blues [closed]

I'm not sure how this came up, but there was some discussion as to whether or not is it acceptable to refer to 'The Blues' as St. Louis hockey team's nickname? Specifically: "is it acceptable for ...
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Left arm Leg Spinner - A term not used. Why?

Why is not a left arm bowler who turns the ball away from left-handed batsman not called a left arm leg spinner, just like the right arm leg spinner? A left arm bowler who turns the ball into the left ...
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Half-way water exit in an open water swim?

I'm trying to remember the term used for the part of a multi-lap open-water swim where the swimmer is expected to exit the water, run a distance and then enter the water in between each lap. I'm sure ...
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What is a backspinner in Cricket?

I have heard the term backspinner in Cricket. What is a backspinner in Cricket? How does the bowler bowl a backspinner and who invented this type of delivery? Couldn't get much information on this ...
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What is dribbling?

What does it mean dribbling the ball. I've always thought, you need to perform one dribble to every step you make and also you cannot have both feet above the ground at the same time. But I've seen ...
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What is the rule for LBW in case of a switch hit?

How does the rule change when the batsmen attempts a switch hit. Can the umpire rule out if the ball is pitching outside leg stump and then hits the batsman in line with the stumps? By outside leg ...
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Rules for hat-trick while bowling

I define a hat-trick as "three successes of the same kind". If a bowler bowls a wide ball/dead ball in between consecutive wickets ie, W W Wd W Will it be a hat-trick wicket? What about the ...
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Win-Place-Show in Horse Racing

Horse racing (such as the Kentucky Derby) results usually contains the terms Win, Place, and Show, with the horse associated with each term. What is win, place, and show, and what significance does ...
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Volleyball terminology for attacks styles or positions of the court [closed]

What are some terms used when playing volleyball? For example, as a Portuguese speaker, I would like to know how some attacks styles or positions of the court. The one you are talking about that the ...
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Why the change of the scrum verbal directions to “Crouch-Touch-Set”?

Since I've watched Rugby in the late 90's, the referee's verbal directions for the scrum have been either: Crouch-Pause-Engage or for the last several years: Crouch-Touch-Pause-Engage I was ...
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Bowling: What is the difference between a 'ringing 10' and a 'solid 10'?

While I was watching bowling, after the first throw, only the 10 pin remained. The ESPN commentators sometimes called it a 'ringing' 10 pin and at times a 'solid' 10 pin. What is the difference ...
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What is the Dew Factor? How does it affect the match?

Recently, during the pre match discussion between India and England in Ranchi, I heard about Dew Factor. They said that Dew Factor will affect the match. Before that I newer heard about it. So what is ...
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Who is the Third Umpire?

For an international cricket match, there should be a TV umpire, a Match referee, and a Reserve umpire along with two umpires on the field, Who is the third umpire of the above? What are the ...
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Why is Boxing Day a match day in the English Premier League?

My question sounds easy: why is Boxing Day used as a match day in the English Premier League (EPL)? The Wikipedia article on Boxing Day states that: In England, Wales, Scotland and Northern ...
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What kind of delivery is Nathan Lyon's “Jeff”?

In the recent Test series against South Africa, the Australian right arm off-spinner Nathan Lyon occasionally employed a delivery that spun the other way (away from a right hand batsmen instead of ...
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What is the difference between a strong safety and a free safety?

There are two distinct labels for a "safety" in football: strong (SS) and free (FS). Ed Reed (FS) and Troy Polamalu (SS) were two of the premier players in the NFL "in the safety position" during ...
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What is the difference between a regular defensive tackle and a nose tackle?

In American Football I sometimes hear the defensive tackle getting called the "nose tackle". I know that it has something to do with the 4-3 3-4 schemes but can somebody give me an explanation along ...
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What is an “over” in cricket?

I am from America. I have a limited understanding of how cricket works. I can guess most of the rules by watching the game but the question today is, What is the technical definition of an "over"?
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What type of bowlers are these?

In cricket commentary, some bowlers are called 'chinaman bowlers' and some 'orthodox bowlers'. What type of bowlers are these?
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Name of the Rope used to Tie Climbers Together

Does anyone know if there's a technical term for the rope/method which climbers / mountaineers use to tie themselves together (i.e. climbers tie in, then if one falls the others self-arrest to prevent ...
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What is seedings in grouping the teams in cricket?

I've noticed in the T20 World Cup 2012, that India, Pakistan, Australia and South Africa were placed in the same group for the Super8 stage. All these teams have won all the league matches in the ...
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Why do football players say “Oskie” after an interception?

When I was learning to play football in the backyard as a child, my family would always say "Oskie" after the quarterback threw an interception. I always thought that it was just some sort of family ...
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Why are left arm spinners called differently?

Right arm spinners are either off spinners or leg spinners. But left arm spinners are refered to as chinaman and orthodox. They are never refered to as off spinners or leg spinners. Why are left arm ...
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In Ultimate Frisbee, what is 'universe point'?

I recently read a tourney report where they talked about a game that ended with 'universe point'. I don't exactly know what that is however. So, what exactly is 'universe point', and when/how is it ...
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What are the differences between the divisions: Open, Co-Rec, Greek, Women

What do each of these divisions mean: Open, Co-Rec, Greek, Women
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What does waived/injured mean in the NFL?

I'm relatively new to the NFL and while I understand the concept of waiving players and the waiver wire, I've seen the term "waived/injured" and was wondering what is different about that process as ...
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What is a “Bogey Competition”?

In my golf diary, there's a "Bogey Competition" to be held next weekend. What is a "Bogey Competition"?
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What is a Golden set? and what is the difference with Bagel set?

What is a Golden set on tennis? Is there a tennis player who won a golden set? What is the difference between Golden set and Bagel set?
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Why is Cricket called Cricket? [closed]

My daughter and I were playing softball and on the next field were a bunch of guys playing cricket. She asked me Why is Cricket called Cricket? I had no idea and figured this was a good place to ...
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What do all the climber-specific terms and slang mean?

I've been hearing a lot of words thrown around by climbers like "crimper", "gaston", "flag out", "whipper", "flapper", and others. What do these and the rest even mean? Could someone compile a list ...
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What does the 'B' (or bonus) mean on a basketball scoreboard?

I was looking at pictures of scoreboards today, and I noticed that some of them have 'B's on the boards: The same thing appears on NBA games, often in the broadcast scoreboard as well: I've never ...
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What does ND abbreviation stand for in athletics results

I saw this abbreviation (ND) in jumps result at a local championship. What does this stand for? I am guessing something like did not meet the minimum length but would like to be sure.
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Why is American football called football?

Why is American football called "football" even though the players play with their hands more than their feet? It seems to be very similar to rugby, and doesn't have the name "American Rugby". What ...
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What is an NBA Rodeo Road Trip?

Recently I have heard sports broadcasters referring to the San Antonio Spurs as being on a "Nine Game Rodeo Road Trip", but I'm not sure what that term means or where it came from. The Spurs are on a ...
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Why is the word Love used as a score for Tennis?

I have never understood this form of scoring. What is the origin of this score "title".
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Why is the player in the middle of I-formation called the fullback?

From the names of the positions, I would assume that in an I-formation the order (from front to back) would be quarterback, halfback, then fullback. This Image of the I-Form shows the fullback in ...
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What do all these Runners Lingo abbreviations like PR and HR mean?

In other running related question there is often made use of abbreviations like PB, PR, HR, VO2 etc. I know what PB means (Personal Best), but what do the others mean and what other examples are ...