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Use of "sport" as a verb

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Babs, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. Babs

    Babs Member

    Examples: Jones sports a .330 batting average.
    The Cougars sport a 2-3-1 record.

    These burn my ears. Am I alone? Is there any proper time to use sport as a verb?
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    No. And No.
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    What about sporting wood?
  4. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I'll stipulate that exception.
  5. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    I've got no problem with it, so long as you don't overuse it. Same with any other word, actually.*

    * -- except for "plated."
  6. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    So you find "plated" acceptable?
  7. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    No, that one sucks.
  8. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    Hate it, hate it, hate it.
  9. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    I don't mind it when you're talking about an article of clothing, but "sporting an 8-2 record"? Nope.
  10. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Sudden veer in discussion: What about referring to what we cover as "sport" vs. "sports"?

    Usually, it seems like the professor types or the high-minded intellectual types or the takeout-writing types or the Olympic writing types who refer to the world of "sport". As in: "In sport..." or "The beauty of sport is ..."

    Fingernails on a blackboard to me.

    Most of us are content to cover the world of "sports." Going with the singular seems pretentious, don't 'cha think?
  11. well other than its the totally wrong use of the word, dunno (unless they are intending it). But it is better than the broadcasters use of lingo ( "we will 'effort' an interview")

    Main Entry:
    1sport Listen to the pronunciation of 1sport
    Middle English, to divert, disport, short for disporten
    15th century

    transitive verb

    1: to display or wear usually ostentatiously : boast <sporting expensive new shoes>
  12. andyouare?

    andyouare? Guest

    Then you'll hate the English.

    Check out the Times of London:

    Their sports section is called "Sport". I assume its the same for other English broadsheets.
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