50768Re: [hockhist] Lexicon/Sweaters
- Dec 1, 2006I do agree Ian, I am all for keeping traditions, and at the forefront of
this is language. However, I see it as a losing battle, the people will
call a thing what they want to call it. And in terms of people, for every
one Canadian there are roughly ten Americans, and thus, often sadly, their
terms win out over ours.
When I was growing up, we never sat on a couch or sofa, we sat on our
Chesterfield. This term, exclusive to Canada, seems to be now long gone.
This, along with sweater and gauntlets, saddens me greatly, but I do not
see what can be done.
Even government intervention only goes so far. Look at the Office de la
langue francaise here in Quebec. For years they have trying to get
golfers to use French terms on the course, but all Francophones I know who
are avid golfers still say 'un birdie' rather than 'une oisette'.
By the way, 'hat trick' is a cricket term, no question. It refers to a
bowler bowling out three consecutive batsmen. Apparently, in the
nineteenth century sometime, some millinery company sponsored a promotion
where anyone who accomplished the feat received a new top hat (it was a
very aristocratic sport back then after all). I remember reading an
article on this years ago. All etymoligists consulted said that,
bizarrely, the term had nothing whatsoever to do with magic.
Dr John Serrati
Assistant Prof. of Classics and History
John Abbott College
21,275 Lakeshore Road
(514) 457-6610 ext. 5992
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