Posts Tagged ‘game change’

Game Player/Game Changer

May 29, 2014

The Economist, May 10th 2014  Courses (Advertisement on page 84.) Oxford Executive MBA “Go from a game player to a successful game changer.  The Oxford MBA is your opportunity to transform yourself and your ambitions.” Business is a game according to this ad.  An MBA can change the game just as a touchdown can change an American football game or a goal English football.  Actually, the idioms may mean more than just scoring.  Perhaps changing the coach can really change the game.

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The Game: Saturday/Sunday Wall Street Journal

September 26, 2012

A few headlines in WSJ (The Wall Street Journal) of last weekend:  Saturday/Sunday, September 22-23, 2012

On the “CAMPAIGN JOURNAL PAGE:”  Debates Already Take Center Stage,  by Laura Meckler

Obama Team talks Up Romney’s Prowess, while Challenge’s Campaign Looks for a Game Change

There are two idioms in these headlines:  Center Stage and Game Change, the first a theater metaphor for being the actor in the center.  In this case it refers to presidential debates.  The second refers to Governor Romney and advisors hope for “the debates to shake up the race,” or a “game change.”

On the U.S. NEWS page:  “Seniors Are Cool to Ryan’s Pitch,” by Colleen McCain Nelson

Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke to a group of retirees in New Orleans about revising Medicare and repealing the “president’s health-care law.”  According to this article, the group of senior citizens were “cool” to Mr. Ryan.  They did not like his “pitch” or argument.  It is baseball season and in that sense Mr. Ryan was the pitcher, but his pitch or pitches did not go over center plate.  I guess he got a walk.

SPORTS:  GOLF JOURNAL, by Molly Baker

HOW MOM PLAYS THE GAME

A Suburban Mother Who Worried That Golf was ‘Dad’s Thing’ Gets a Surprising Education

In this article the mother learns how to play golf rather successfully with her family.   “Game” here refers to an actual sports game, the game of golf.

Game Change?

September 21, 2012

The Economist: The Euro Crisis

September 15, 2012

The euro zone’s leaders have turned a corner.  Where to, is not yet clear:

“When history books trace the evolution of the euro crisis, September 2012 will mark the beginning of a new chapter… On September 12th Germany’s constitutional court backed the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the euro zone’s permanent rescue fund, removing the last hurdle to its launch.  The same day, the European Commission laid out a blueprint for joint European banking suprervision, the first step to a banking union.  Days earlier the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that, under certain conditions, it would buy unlimited amounts of the bonds of troubled euro-zone countries. 

Taken together, these actions mark a big change.  At best they constitute the foundations of a more sustainable monetary union…The hope is that this marks the beginning of the end of the euro crisis…”

The paragraphs above explain game change.  The heading is a great introduction to the article as is: The euro zone’s leaders have turned a corner.  Where to, is not yet clear.”

 The larger idiomatic question is the use of the noun “game” for societal decisions. 

Hurdle is used in the second sentence, and the question here, again, is it idiomatic and related to field games, or is it simply used for overcoming difficulties.