Why are there so many clichés in football?
Every football fan would probably say that they're fluent in the "language of football". From the pragmatics of it, knowing that, in a footballing context, a brace is neither a device fitted to something to provide support or a pair of straps that pass over the shoulders and fasten to the top of trousers at the front and back to hold them up, to knowing the names of all the high potential, young gems that you've ever found on all the popular football management games you've ever played, football is a very broad and hard language to learn.
One of the staples of the football language is the cliché. A phrase that is do overused that it loses its ...view middle of the document...
"It really was a game of two halves" he said, referring to the Leyton Orient - Oxford United game he had taken his children to the previous week, "Oxford scored twice in the first half and Orient scored twice in the second". This just proves that from the Champions League to League 2, and even lower, the maxim really does ring true.
Some clichés have literal meanings as well, for example having "your name on the cup" really means that. The name of the winning team is traditionally engraved onto the trophy when it's won. "Name on the cup" can also be used before the competition, or the certain game, has started to highlight that one team are the favourites.
I could go through the meanings of loads of football clichés, but that wouldn't answer the question at hand "Why are there so many clichés in football?" That question leads to more questions, one of which is "Who uses these football clichés?" The answer to that is football players, managers and commentators. Many of the sayings are adopted by fans, I know one person who's mantra in life is Alan Smith's saying "If you don't buy a ticket you can't win the raffle". So, why are these clichés used by so many? Unimaginative thinking could be the answer. Once one of these new clichés is thought up by someone, it becomes overused and enters the footballing lexis. This happens over and over again to create football clichés.
Another reason could be because many people in football are pragmatists. They just work with what they are given, so for them there is no point of trying to...