“The boy done good?”: football’s clichés

Grimwood, Tom ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8099-6191 and Miller, Paul K. ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5611-1354 (2010) “The boy done good?”: football’s clichés. In: Richards, Edward, (ed.) Soccer and philosophy: beautiful thoughts on the beautiful game. Popular Culture and Philosophy, 51 . Open Court Publishing Company, Chicago, US, pp. 379-388. Item availability may be restricted.

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Football is often celebrated as a global language. No less global, though considerably less celebrated, is the plethora of football-specific clichés which make up the language of commentary, post-match interview and expert analysis. Often mocked, but rarely seriously analysed, the very ubiquity and persistence of these clichés suggests that their use is rather more than simple linguistic ‘laziness’ on the part of pundits and players. We propose that the footballing cliché is in fact an integral thread in the broader fibre of modern football itself, a demonstrably functional feature of the everyday footballing lexicon, and is therefore worthy of investigation in its own right. After all, it’s important to take each game as it comes. In order to explore the ordinary world of clichés in football, we will draw on the expertise of two philosophical pundits of our own: Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002) and (the later) Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951).

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780812696769
Departments: Institute of Health > Medical Sciences
Institute of Health > Psychology and Psychological Therapies
Depositing User: Paul Miller
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2013 14:34
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 09:15
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1417
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