Video: anyone for tennis? Oxford Dictionaries staff tackle tennis terms
In the last OxfordDictionaries.com update, we added new words like binge-watch, side-eye, and amazeballs. At the Connecticut Open, Nick McCarvel asked various tennis stars including Caroline Wozniacki and Genie Bouchard if they knew what these words meant, and we think they did a pretty great job with the answers (which you can see in the second video, below).
Well, just like tennis, two can play that game – so we’ve turned the tables, and we’re asking some people who work for Oxford Dictionaries how well they know tennis terminology – some easy, and some more difficult. Oxford Dictionaries and the Oxford English Dictionary have specialists working on sports terminology – but, to give the tennis stars a fighting chance, we decided not to ask them…
All the correct definitions are listed below, but, first… let’s see how they do.
Here are the correct answers:
Ace: a service that an opponent is unable to return and thus wins a point.
Baseliner: a player who strikes the ball from the baseline.
Moonball: a high lob.
We were a bit sneaky in asking them about the word love, as its origins are actually uncertain. There is a theory that it represents the French word l’oeuf, meaning ‘an egg’ (from the resemblance between an egg and a nought) but this seems unlikely. It is more likely to have been adapted from the phrase ‘to play for love (of the game)’ – i.e., to play for nothing. If you’re interested in word origins, you can learn more on OxfordDictionaries.com.
And here is the video that started it all: