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(Atlas Obscura)   What's the deal with nomenclature for officials? You can't call a basketball guy an umpire, you can't call a baseball guy a referee, and you can call a football guy a ref or an ump but definitely not a judge unless he's one of the judges   ( divider line
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329 clicks; posted to Sports » on 02 Jun 2020 at 1:41 AM (15 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2020-06-02 9:22:55 AM  
6 votes:
Two reasons:

1) English isn't a language, it's three languages stacked on top of each other wearing a trench coat.

2) Jargon makes a tribe feel special and able to identify non-members.
2020-06-01 9:25:58 PM  
3 votes:
Actually, football does have umpires
2020-06-02 10:11:28 AM  
2 votes:
This is an admittedly anglocentric view of things, and the major obstacle to the theory is Spanish, which simply doesn't follow the pattern.

Seems pretty obvious that the Spanish speaking countries (which are basically the Latin American countries) got baseball and its terminology from the US, and absorbed the terminology from American media. And since they're independent from Spain, they don't have to give a crap what the Royal Spanish Academy says. Don't know what the deal is with tennis, but it's a very old and very high-status sport that probably predates modern Spanish so it makes sense that some terms are grandfathered in because of tradition.
2020-06-02 8:59:48 AM  
2 votes:

Kyle Butler: So .. were there a lot of disappointed women back in that era?

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2020-06-02 7:45:46 AM  
2 votes:
It was answered in the question: "officials".
2020-06-01 9:09:00 PM  
1 vote:
With the way our legal system works many cases, the judge should be called a referee and the jurors should be called judges
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