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PostHeaderIcon Obscure Words of the London 2012 Games

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In the spirit of public service, the editors of the Global Language Monitor have selected a number of the more obscure words and phrases (and related factoids)  related to the London 2012 Summer Olympics for your enjoyment.

Citius, Altius, Fortius (Olympic History) -- The Olympic Motto is actually Latin (and not Greek) for faster, higher, stronger 
Dead Rubber (Tennis) -- A match in a series where the outcome has already been decided by previous matches
Eggbeater (water polo) --  Kicking one's feet quickly in a back-and-forth motion keep the body above water
Fletching (Archery) -- Traditionally, feathers from the left wing of a turkey, goose, or raptor used to stabilize an arrow; now replaced with synthetics
Flu-Flu Arrow (Archery) -- An arrow with extra 'fletching' to slow its flight
High Drag Projectile (Badminton) -- The birdie or shuttlecock
Impulsion (Equestrian) --  The thrust, impelling, or pushing power of a horse
Kotinos (Olympic History) -- Olive branches fixed in crowns of victory in the classical Greek Olympics
Marathon (Olympic History -- The word marathon is derived from the Greek for fennel, the spice which apparently grew in abundance on the plains
Nutmeg or Nuttie (Football) -- Kicking the football between the legs of an opponent
Pankration -- A sport contested beginning in the 7th century before common era that combined wrestling and boxing (similar to today's mixed martial arts)
Pheidippidean Pheat (Olympic History) -- Forget the Phelpsian Pheat of the Beijing Games, according to legend Pheidippides ran from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens pronounced, Victory and then promptly died. The actual distance was about 24 miles or  38.6 km
Repechage -- First round losers are provided another opportunity to advance in a competition
The Snatch Deadlift (Weightlifting)-- Lifting the barbell in a single movement, as opposed to the Clean and Jerk
Victor Ludorum (Olympic History) --  The Champion of the Games, in Latin of course

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Last Updated (Monday, 30 July 2012 20:51)


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