Is anyone listening to the news these days? If you close your eyes, you can almost see the scoreboard.
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Some of them are less sports-themed and more straight-up military.
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It’s beyond casual. It’s intentional. I don’t think it makes anything easier to understand. They’re easy to think of, and to understand, but so is normal English:
- criticizes is just better than slams
I think throwing in sports vocabulary has an unfortunate (usually) side effect of triggering a subconscious my–team–their–team response. This is powerful, not with respect to dividing society, but it’s powerful because people want to at least know which side they’re on. Somebody’s being attacked: is it them?
I’m sounding like the news now.
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