Results 1 to 6 of 6
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Aug 2010
    • Posts: 695
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    A brouhaha by the baseball players

    Hi,

    What does the whole sentence mean? Particularly the bold part?


    A brouhaha by the baseball players resulted in three black eyes.


    Thanks a lot

  1. probus's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 3,025
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: A brouhaha by the baseball players

    You can find the word brouhaha in any standard dictionary. It means commotion, uproar etc.

    In your sentence the baseball players were stirred up over something and gathered on the playing field in an angry crowd.

    Three black eyes seems a pretty extreme result from a mere brouhaha. Such an agitation might better be described as a donnybrook.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 11,818
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: A brouhaha by the baseball players

    A bench-clearing brawl, it might have been.

  2. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,035
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: A brouhaha by the baseball players

    That's a new one on me. The late lamented rugby commentator Bill Mclaren used to call it a strochmash (I'm not sure of the spelling* - the word comes from Scotland).

    Irrelevant tangent: When a confrontation doesn't lead to an exchange of blows, commentators dismiss it as 'just handbags'.

    b

    PS* http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...ramash?view=uk
    Last edited by BobK; 10-Feb-2011 at 18:51. Reason: Added PS

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Feb 2011
    • Posts: 434
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: A brouhaha by the baseball players

    I am not a teacher.

    The writer made a mistake. The term in baseball is "rhubarb", not the somewhat similar "brouhaha", which does not mean "fistfight", anyway.

    "By" is clumsy, too.

  3. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,035
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: A brouhaha by the baseball players

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    The writer made a mistake. The term in baseball is "rhubarb", not the somewhat similar "brouhaha", which does not mean "fistfight", anyway.

    ...
    I think your 'mistake' theory may be well-founded. But before making an over-hasty and definitive assertion it's as well to consider a dictionary definition such as this: brouhaha: meaning and definitions — Infoplease.com . If it is a mistake, I wonder what sort of editorial policy the dictionary exercises.

    b

Similar Threads

  1. something about baseball
    By lorenya in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 20-Oct-2009, 16:20
  2. baseball commentator
    By Daruma in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-Sep-2009, 07:40
  3. Companies pay money to players
    By user_gary in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-Apr-2007, 10:19
  4. Baseball ?
    By fugazi in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-May-2006, 00:52

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •