Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sports Word of the Day - Bracketology

I have been hearing the word bracketology in the news almost nonstop of late and my linguistic mind immediately thinks about bracketing paradoxes when I hear the word. I have posted about bracketing paradoxes a couple of times in the past but I have never posted about bracketology. For those who don't know, bracketology is defined by as, "the process of predicting the field of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, named as such because it is commonly used to fill in tournament brackets for the postseason." A bracketologist, "places teams in the tournament in the various regions (East, West, Midwest, and South)."

Perhaps a person who notices bracketing paradoxes all the time should be called linguistic bracketologist.

Additionally, another newer sports word is NIT-ology which is defined as a process similar to that of bracketology that is used for the National Invitation Tournament.

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