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    Dear teachers
    I have a question about the meaning of "gold" in the following passage:

    Mr. Mangan was a lawyer of the new-fashioned school,--Harrow and Cambridge, the Bath Club, racquets and fives, rather than gold and lawn tennis.
    (The Great Impersonation The Great Impersonation, by E. Phillips Oppenheim)

    "Racquets", "fives" and "lawn tennis" are all sport names, so I thought "gold" also means some kind of sport, but I could not find any appropriate meaning in the dictionary. Then I thought this might be a typo and that the original word might be "golf", but the book I checked shows that the word is "gold" all right. Don't English-speaking readers find this sentence strange? Or does "gold" mean some kind of sport? I appreciate your suggestion very much.

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    Re: gold

    I suspect it's a typo in the original, or some sort of a play on words by the author, though that's very unlikely. "Gold" makes no sense, but "golf" -- as you've supposed -- fits very well. The only other possibility is "gold tennis" as a variant of tennis. The Oxford Companion to Sports and Games, however, lists only the following varieties of tennis: Beach, Deck, Lawn, Real, Ring, and Table. "Gold" is not listed as a sport. The closest are the "Golden Gloves" boxing competition, "Golden Globe Race" in yachting, and the "Golden Slipper Stakes", an Australian horse race. But none of those fit the language or the meaning. Whereas "golf" does, perfectly.
    Last edited by abaka; 30-Jan-2009 at 16:30.

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    Re: gold

    Thank you very much for your quick reply. It really helps!!

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