Course Overview

A ball, a bat, playing cards, a race track.  All symbols of recreation, competition, and even gambling, but also the origin of countless terms and phrases that are part of everyday language.  Some are obvious such as “batter up” or a “hole in one” while others are more obscure.  Why is a left-handed pitcher called a “south paw”?  What’s the origin of  “close but no cigar”?  Long before “the buck” reached Truman’s desk, it referred to playing poker.  What do the Dodgers and trolleys have in common? Don’t “bandy words” but join us for language from the “sportin’ life” that “wins by a nose.” 
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In-Person Class
1:00PM to 3:00PM
Aug 15, 2024
Contact Hours
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Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $25.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 12, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Aug 12, 2024

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Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required for entry. Masks are recommended.

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This class is eligible for UNM Tuition Remission under Personal Enrichment.

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