Fighting Talk: Boxing and the Modern Lexicon

Author(s): Bob Jones


From 'A Low Blow' to 'Went the Distance', a fascinating and lively examination of the regular use of terms from the boxing ring in our everyday language. Have you ever stopped to notice how often your local newspaper or favourite magazine uses the terms 'On the Ropes', 'The Gloves Are Off' and 'Knockout Punch'? How often TV newsreaders will say that a politician has 'Thrown his hat in the Ring', is a 'Big Hitter', is 'Taking it on the Chin', is 'Down for the Count' or has the 'Killer Instinct'? Knight of the realm, leading businessman, colourful and controversial commentator, and boxing aficiando Sir Robert - Bob - Jones certainly has. Over a period of years he made careful note of how often terms cropped up and then retraced their etymological origins in boxing history. The result is a lively, entertaining, and thought-provoking miscellany of boxing terms that are now part of our everyday English language. Some have strayed far from their original meanings, others are more frequently in use now than at any other time in the last century. Jones asks why that might be, and his answers are, well, a knock out.


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Sir Robert 'Bob' Jones has published widely in non-fiction and fiction, and is an accomplished essayist. His novels include: The Permit (1984); Full Circle (2000); Ogg (2002); True Facts (2003); and Degrees for Everyone (2004). His essay collections include: Wimp Walloping (1989); Prancing Pavonine Charlatans (1990); A Year of It (1991); Punch Lines (1992); and Wowser Whacking (1993). His non-fiction titles include: New Zealand's Boxing Yearbook (1972 and 1973); Jones on Property (1977); New Zealand the Way I Want It (1978); Travelling (1980); Bob Jones Letters (1990); Prosperity Denied (1996); Memories of Muldoon (1997); My Property World (2005); and Jones on Management (2007).

General Fields

  • : 9781775534389
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : August 2013
  • : 198mm X 130mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : August 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bob Jones
  • : Paperback
  • : 422
  • : near fine
  • : 559
  • : Colour and black & white