LINGO: the language and speech, especially the jargon of a particular field, group, or individual:


I’m having fun listening to the commentators for Major League Baseball.  I spend most of my time following the Red Sox, so Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy have become part of our family.   Don is a little bit more professional as a commentator, and Jerry is a retired Red Sox second baseman.   Their approach to […]

TIE A BOW ON THIS PIG: to make something good out of a bad situation

bow on a pig

Anyone who was paying attention during the presidential election of 2008 will remember the numerous times the idiom, “like putting lipstick on a pig,” was employed.   The entire idiom continued, “It’s still a pig.”  While it’s a humorous idiom, it was used in  a sexist, nasty way to refer to Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate […]

PINKIE FINGER: the fifth digit on the hand


When burly professional baseball player, Edwin Encarnacion, who plays for the Toronto Blue Jays, had to leave the Red Sox game on Friday night, it was because he had jammed a finger while sliding into a base.  The injury didn’t present a problem until he took a turn at the bat.  The force of hitting […]

CAROM: to bounce off the wall

I watch nearly every Boston Red Sox game which is televised.  The announcers, Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy, have become my best friends for the summer.   When I have to listen to the game on the radio in the car at times, it just isn’t the same.   Their humor, inflection, jousting, and commentary is unique. […]

TOMMY JOHN: a surgical procedure related to an athletic injury to the elbow

It has taken me several years to admit that I didn’t know what Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy were talking about when they broadcast the Red Sox baseball games.  As the play-by-play and color announcers they were regularly speaking about the fact that a particular baseball player was scheduled to have Tommy John. The gist […]