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Soccer & other sports terminology

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Michael Echan, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. Michael Echan

    Michael Echan Member

    I'm doing a soccer write-up about a game decided by penalty kicks. Everyone that I talked to used the term "peekays/p-kays/pee-kays." Is it permissible ever to use that term after the first reference, or is it too jargony?

    Going along that same vein, when is it all right to use game jargon, like "ribbie" for RBI or "trey" for a three-point shot? Obviously, only after the first reference -- if at all -- but I'd just like to find out for future situations.
  2. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Never use jargon especially plated, trey, ribbie/ribeye, etc.
  3. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    I would never use any of the aforementioned jargon in a story, with the possible exception of using it within a quote (and even then, no way am I putting "ribbies" in my story). For the record, if I were to use the jargon for penalty kicks in a quote, I would go with PKs.
  4. spud

    spud Member

    The basketball beat writer for the city daily where I went to college always used treys in place of 3-pointers. To this day I'll stop reading if I see that word and just get my news elsewhere.
  5. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    First, I'd say PKs if you're going to use it in a quote. But I'd never use it in copy, use shootout or penalty shootout.
  6. Peekays?

    And we wonder why newspapers are in trouble.
  7. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    What if the game's in Peking?
  8. Jeremy Goodwin

    Jeremy Goodwin Active Member

    Or Pekin, Ill. Former home of the Chinks.

    As for the question, I would just use penalty kicks, since they are abbreviating it to PKs. If you use it in a quote make sure you already have said penalty kicks or use (penalty kicks) where they say "PKs".
  9. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Penalty kicks, indeed.
  10. Overrated

    Overrated Guest

    Can dargan use jargon?

    Anyway, only refer to the goal as the "onion bag."
  11. Wenders

    Wenders Well-Known Member

    The way I dealt with it: penalty kicks on first reference. If the first reference is to a penalty kick and they call it a PK, use penalty kick in parenthesis. Once you've used it on first reference, anyone reading the story will most likely be able to deduce what a PK is, but only use it in a quote.
  12. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    When I was writing AP college basketball briefs last year, the editor said that do not use "trey". That was the only jargon he mentioned to avoid.
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