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Plain English taking a battering.

RACING'S unique terminology does its best to alienate those on the outside and often makes the sport impenetrable. Even to sports journalists. One such colleague asked me recently: "What does 'seasonal reappearance' mean?". And you can see his point - it's a stock phrase that is unnecessarily abstruse.

But it is difficult to say racing intentionally uses this language to make itself sound more mysterious and complicated, it's just that its glossary is ingrained. However, other sports go out of their way to be convoluted. When Dublin footballer Ciaran Kilkenny suffered a recent injury to his cruciate ligament we were told Dublin were "activating their medical protocols". Highfalutin rubbish for telling us Kilkenny was going for a scan.

But that would pale into comparison with some of the stuff rugby has thrown at us in recent years and, if we're being truthful, the media is worse for religiously piping out this nonsense. As Irish sport has grown increasingly professional in its preparation and outlook, plain English has taken a battering. Just this week, after suffering a neck injury in the game against Munster, it was widely reported that because of the injury Brian O'Driscoll would only take part in "modified training". Where I come from that means this week he'll be taking it handy.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Apr 3, 2014
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