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ERIC Number: ED417418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 5
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Listening to Sports Idioms.
Wirkus, Tom; Bohlken, Bob
In the book, "Talking from 9 to 5," Deborah Tannen suggests that females have difficulty listening to males in the workplace because of the masculine inclination to talk sports the majority of the time. Men use sports idioms, metaphors, and cliches, making business a "peculiar language" which excludes "naive" listeners, females. To test the hypothesis that females do not understand sports idioms, common sports idioms were read aloud to college students to see whether males and females were equally knowledgeable about the meaning of the idioms. Participants ranged in age from 18 to 30 years old with the mean age of 21. Results indicated that females responded to 66% of the spoken idioms, while males responded to 72% of the items, a difference of 6%. The study also aimed to gather common sports idioms with which to train people in listening to understand sports idioms. A list of 42 sports idioms is included. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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