The Language Of the Sport

And believe it or not, I am not talking about Portuguese…or maybe I am, but indirectly.

I was having a conversation with my stepmom about how certain activities and how if you ate heavily involved in them almost seem to have their own language. Which, upon thinking about it, we have our own little language for jiu jitsu which is how the Portuguese becomes indirectly involved.

“I trained some matches yesterday and tapped once or twice , but I got on Jimmy’s back, managed to get my hooks in but switched to the bow and arrow.”

Anyone not familiar with the lingo of the sport would only be able to follow about 1/2 that sentence and will simply nod and smile blankly, attempting to follow along.

It’s not a bad thing, it just shows heavy involvement with the sport. It’s the same with baking, needlepointing, rock climbing- when you become involved in these activities, you “learn the language” to better communicate with your peers.

And, the added bonus with jiu jitsu is you learn a couple of Portuguese and sometimes Japanese terms along the way. Hooray!

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One response to “The Language Of the Sport

  1. Yep – this is called “lingo” – aka specialized vocabulary. That’s why it’s good to get a tutor who knows your sport if you are trying to learn a new language.

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