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One of the most difficult things I have ever had to do as a lexicographer is explain to my British colleagues what a bracket is. Not ‘each of a pair of marks [ ] used to enclose words or figures so as to separate them from the context’, or ‘a right-angled support attached to and […]more
Some of the team names in the National Basketball League (NBA) are fairly straightforward about their origins. It doesn’t take a team historian, for instance, to explain why the team in Phoenix – a city known for its hot desert climate – is called the Suns, or why the team in Orlando – famously the […]more
All sports can have some difficult lingo. However, the fast-paced nature of basketball can make learning the language of hoops even more of a challenge. We thought it might be a good idea to pull together a quick glossary, defining some of the trickier basketball terms. While not a complete list, the following terms should help […]more
This competition is now closed. March Madness, the single elimination college basketball tournament, is upon us. All month long, the top 68 teams in the US will duke it out in a series of rounds—some of which are remarkable feats in and of themselves, like the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, and Final Four—for the NCAA […]more