We watch sport to see moments of amazing athletic achievement, emotions and drama. But when people speak about sport they tend to use a lot of English cliches. A cliche is a phrase that is used a LOT, so that it becomes a very unoriginal thing to say and is very predictable.
Andy Murray played incredibly to finally win Wimbledon, but then the poor guy had to give interview after interview (see video below). It seems that on British television that he is still continuing over 2 days later. He’s got a nice Scottish accent, but the media should give him a rest – he keeps saying the same old sporting cliches that you always hear after a sportsmen has won a big international event.
Here are some of the things he has said (below), but first an explanation of some of the ‘old chestnut’ (synonym for ‘cliche’) language that he has been using to try and describe his historic victory.
Cliched vocabulary: Things to say after you win something BIG
- use sth as a springboard
- to get the benefits from a success to continue on to even more better success
- don’t get carried away by everything/something
- to not get over excited and lose concentration just because something good or unusual is happening
- sth is worth it
- something is rewarding even though there are difficulties and sacrifices involved beforehand
- sth to sink in
- to fully understand sth unusual that has happened to you
- it all hit me
- I suddenly realised and understood
Sporting Cliches by Andy Murray
- I need to try and use it as a springboard to try and get better and achieve more
- The most important thing for me now is that I don’t get carried away by everything that will go on off the court in the next few days
- When you win matches like this, you realise that all the work you put in is worth it
- I know I won Wimbledon yesterday but what it actually means – I think that will take longer than 24 hours to sink in and understand it.
- When I was sat downstairs on my own when I was waiting to do drug testing, that’s when it all hit me. I just got like so tired. I felt like I hit a wall and that’s when it felt like it was all starting to sink in, all of the emotions and what I had just done.
Here is the last British winner of Wimbledon, Fred Perry at the moment of victory. Tennis has changed quite a bit in all those years, hasn’t it?
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