Wordnik: Extra Innings

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Yesterday on the program Erin McKean, co-founder of and former editor-in-chief for American Dictionaries at Oxford University Press, discussed some of the stranger baseball terms out there. There simply wasn't enough time to get to them all, so she follows up on what exactly a "can of corn" is; how one ends up in a "pickle" and more.


Erin McKean

Comments [6]

RLewis from bowery

"Can-a-corn" is like "piece of cake" or "easy as pie". you don't have to shuck it or get it off the cob. Corn in a can is the easiest way to eat corn. It's a pop-fly or play that is so simple to make - "can-a-corn". Your word person is out of her league.

Oct. 21 2009 12:01 PM
Betty Anne from UES

Notes on "hoppers"

Hoppers are a food native to Sri Lanka, served mainly for breakfast or lunch and often accompanied by Lunu miris, a fiery hot mix of red onions and spices. Hoppers are made from a fermented batter of rice flour, coconut milk and a dash of palm toddy, which lends a sour flavor and fermentation ability.

Oct. 21 2009 12:00 PM
Kate Steinberg from Park Slope

I've only heard this once, but my husband and I have been laughing about it for years.

"That one was in the kitchen making sandwiches!"

Don't even remember if it referred to a pitch or a hit!

Oct. 21 2009 11:59 AM
Celia from East Village

"tools of stupidity" is one of my favorite baseball terms, tho not restricted to baseball.

Oct. 21 2009 11:59 AM
Jason from Midtown

there was an entire article on the mysterious origins of the term 'bullpen' in the nytimes or somewhere recently. one legend says there were actual bulls in the bullpen at the old polo grounds. want to take a stab at the origin of that?

btw, john sterling is quite possibly one of the worst announcers in baseball. suzyn waldman is second on that list.

Oct. 21 2009 11:58 AM
bk from nyc

In David Rohde's stunning story in the NY Times today he used "dived" for the past tense of "dive." I think "dove" sounds better but...
Are "dived" & "dove" equally appropriate?

Oct. 21 2009 11:52 AM

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