"Long" versus "Tall"
John Mayson wrote:
> I am 6' 5" (195 cm) tall. I spent part of the year in Malaysia where I
> frequently heard I was "long" and not "tall". The first few times, of
> course, I cracked the obvious joke. Then I figured out that's just the
> term they use.
Just as a comment on the constant evolution of language,
it has become very rare for announcers and commentators on broadcasts of basketball games, both college and NBA, to refer to players as "tall". They almost always say "long", which I suppose is to emphasize the length of the arms, as well as the height.
Maybe "long" will gradually replace "tall" in everyday speech!