Take Me Out to the Ball Game


Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.



I’m not much of a baseball fan.  It just takes too long between pitches that give you a few seconds of excitement. I’m bored spitless by the time we get to the second half of the first inning.  However, I have to acknowledge the popularity of the sport, and I do admire the athleticism of the players.  Of far more interest to me, though, are the words and phrases that have come to us from the game.

1) Ballpark:

A broad area of approximation or similarity, a range within which comparison is possible.   A“sphere of activity or influence,” “in the (right) ballpark”,  a “ballpark figure” or “ballpark estimate”, one that is reasonably accurate.Getting a   ballpark figure of what you want to spend.

2) Big league (or bush league): Big league is the highest level, and was first used in 1899.The first non-baseball usage appeared in 1947. The “bush league” is amateur, unsophisticated, unprofessional.


There are so many other terms that it would take far too long to define them all, but most of you will have a pretty good idea of their meaning:

Cover one’s bases, throw a curve ball, grandstanding, playing hardball, heavy hitter, hit it out of the park, it came out of left field, rain check, right off the bat, screwball, step up to the plate, strike, touch base, a whole new ball game.  There are lots more.

It’s amazing, really, how words that are first associated with something specific, like a sport or, more recently, the computer world, become widely used terms in our language that almost everyone understands.


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