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    Sports jargon...it's all academic

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, Apr 28, 2014.

    If a sportscaster says "It's all academic" during the penultimate moments of a sports contest, I believe that s/he means that the game is essentially over and we all know which team will emerge triumphant. It's all a matter of the clock running out so that the victory is official and “in the books.” Talking about what the other team can do or could have done in terms of achieving a victory is a moot point (because the contest is nearly over—it is impossible for the other team to win—or it is in fact over), so it's really all academic. Am I correct for this usage of the term?

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    Yep.
     
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    i suggest you consult a good dictionary for accurate meanings of words such as 'relative/subjective/academic'...

    btw, sporstcasters are infamous for misusing words, so take the accuracy of their rhetoric with a good dose of morton's...
     
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    How could you insalt them like that?
     
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    it's easy for me, since i've been famous [infamous?] for my occasional use of salty language since high school... ;)
     
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    Some of the stuff people in sports come up with is absolutely brilliant. In basketball, getting dunked on is referred to as "getting baptized."
     
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    Thanks, GingerCoffee and thirdwind. :)
     
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    ...or posterized.
     

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