By Tiffany Amber Stockton
In December, I wrapped up a year of featuring Kentucky frontiersman and notable settlers. If you missed last month's post, you can read it here.
Today, it's a stroll down the language lane of history with some catch phrases coined for specific times, but they have since developed a meaning slightly different than originally intended.
If you’re looking to politely turn down an offer for drinks with colleagues, or a last-minute dinner invite, you might tell someone you’ll “take a rain check.” This charming Americanism comes from baseball. If a game was rained out, ticket holders were given a ticket — or rain check — for a future game. Originally hand-written, they shifted to being typed and eventually computer-printed. Since this sport has often been played in the spring, when rains are abundant, games getting rained out is a common occurrence. Where I used to live in Colorado, they have always had shorter seasons due to spring rains.
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In the Ballpark
So when the word "ballpark" is used off the field, it usually means you're in the right general area, but maybe not within specific and exact boundaries. You can ballpark an estimate, hit something out of the ballpark, or meet someone’s guidelines by being in the same ballpark. It's similar to horseshoes. You'd be "close enough" to win.
* What phrases above do YOU use on a regular basis?
* Share some of your favorite phrases, even if you don't know their origins.
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