WOTW: sport

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triplo word of the week - sport

 

今週の #WOTW は「sport」です。’Sport’ is a noun, a verb, it’s used in a couple of phrases, and it doesn’t always involve balls, skis, or sweating. Let’s have a look!

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First, the noun.

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- I don’t like team sports. I’m more of a loner. (An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.)

- Do you play any sport? (See above)

- They are building a new sports centre. I hope it has a spa. (As a modifier. See above.)

- I never took part in the school sports, but it was fun to watch. (An occasion on which people compete in various athletic activities. This is British English.)

- Some rich people go to Africa for sport. (Success or pleasure derived from an activity such as hunting or fishing. Usually with an adjective, eg: good sport.)

- Bull fighting was considered good sport before but, without the subsidies, it would probably die out now. (Entertainment; fun. This is dated.)

- He’s a good/bad sport. (This is informal. A person who behaves in a good or specified way in response to teasing, defeat, or a similarly trying situation.)

- Watch out, sport! (This is Australian/New Zealand English. It is used as a friendly form of address, especially between men who do not know each other. Similar to ‘mate’.)

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‘sport’ can also refer to an animal or plant showing abnormal or striking variation from the parent type, especially in form or colour, as a result of spontaneous mutation.

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Let’s have a look at the verb now.

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- Sandra is sporting a beautiful cashmere scarf. (Wear or display a distinctive item.)

- He sports a thick red beard. (See above.)

- The women are catching up on the benches while the men are sporting in the field. (Play in a lively, energetic way.)

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The moment you’ve all been waiting for: the phrases.

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- [in sport] Come one, don’t be mad. It was all in sport! (For fun.)

- [the sport of kings] Ascot is the pinnacle of the sport of kings. (Horse racing.)

- [make sport of] Why do you take so much pleasure in making sport of little children? (Make fun of. This is dated.)

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発音は/spɔːt/です。これはイギリスとかオーストラリア英語の発音ですけど、OとTの間にRをつくと付くとアメリカ英語とかアイランド英語になります。音節は1つだから、Tの後「o」言わないでください。また来週!

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