Words I learnt from 32% of The Syntax of Sports.

Today, I’m reading The Syntax of Sports by Patrick Barry and I’ve learnt the following words from the first 19 chapters of the book.


to hit a golf ball gently across an area of short and even grass towards or into a hole:

“Paul putted the ball straight into the hole.”


to put a biscuit, piece of bread, etc. into a liquid such as tea, coffee, or soup for a short time before eating it:

“She dunked a biscuit in her coffee.”

(Basketball) score by shooting the ball down through the basket with the hands above the rim.


a disastrous collapse or breakdown.

“the global financial system suffered a major meltdown


(of an action or situation) causing shame or a loss of honour.

“an inglorious episode in British imperial history”


the conclusion that can be drawn from something although it is not explicitly stated.
“The implication is that no one person at the bank is responsible”

a likely consequence of something.
“many people are unaware of the implications of such reforms”

an occasion when you suggest or show that someone is involved in a crime:
“The case depended upon his implication of his co-workers in the fraud.”

an occasion when you seem to suggest something without saying it directly:
“From what she said, the implication was that they were splitting up.”
“She accused the party and, by implication, its leader too.”


(v.) (especially of an emotional or physical shock) make (someone) unable to think or react properly.
“she was dazed by his revelations”

(n.) a state of stunned confusion or bewilderment.
“he was walking around¬†in a daze


large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry or use; unwieldy.
cumbersome diving suits”

slow or complicated and therefore inefficient.
“organizations with cumbersome hierarchical structures”


(of a woman) attractively small and dainty.

“she was petite and vivacious”

The book is available online for free. Here’s the link: https://www.fulcrum.org/epubs/rf55z929h?locale=en#/6/22[mup-mpsbarry2-0011]!/4/2[ch02]/2/4/1:0

Use these words in your own sentences and write them in comments.

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