Appendix:Glossary of baseball

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The following is a glossary of baseball jargon (phrases, idioms and slang):

Appendix: Glossary of Baseball
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Glossary of Baseball Terminology and Jargon[edit]

Paul Dickson says in his introduction to The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary, "The influence of baseball on American English at large is stunning and strong." No other sport has contributed so richly to North American English as baseball.

Slang terms (as distinct from jargon) have evolved a usage and meaning independent of baseball and are often used. Many of these terms are deeply entrenched in the American psyche; some have spread to other dialects of English, such as British or Australian.

Baseball slang is particularly used to describe the level of physical intimacy achieved in a relationship (e.g., "I got to first base last night").


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