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Old 31st August, 2007, 08:03 PM
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I think were having difficulty in finding agreement because they broke our langauge.

Sport Sport (sp[=o]rt), n. [Abbreviated from disport.]
1. That which diverts, and makes mirth; pastime; amusement.
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It is as sport to a fool to do mischief. --Prov. x.
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Her sports were such as carried riches of knowledge
upon the stream of delight. --Sir P.
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Think it but a minute spent in sport. --Shak.
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2. Mock; mockery; contemptuous mirth; derision.
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Then make sport at me; then let me be your jest.
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3. That with which one plays, or which is driven about in
play; a toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
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Flitting leaves, the sport of every wind. --Dryden.
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Never does man appear to greater disadvantage than
when he is the sport of his own ungoverned passions.
--John Clarke.
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4. Play; idle jingle.
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An author who should introduce such a sport of words
upon our stage would meet with small applause.
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5. Diversion of the field, as fowling, hunting, fishing,
racing, games, and the like, esp. when money is staked.
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6. (Bot. & Zool.) A plant or an animal, or part of a plant or
animal, which has some peculiarity not usually seen in the
species; an abnormal variety or growth. See Sporting
plant, Sporting.
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7. A sportsman; a gambler. [Slang]
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In sport, jest; for play or diversion. "So is the man
that deceiveth his neighbor, and saith, Am not I in
sport?" --Prov. xxvi. 19.
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Syn: Play; game; diversion; frolic; mirth; mock; mockery;
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

Sport Sport, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sported; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To play; to frolic; to wanton.
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[Fish], sporting with quick glance,
Show to the sun their waved coats dropt with gold.
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2. To practice the diversions of the field or the turf; to be
given to betting, as upon races.
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3. To trifle. "He sports with his own life." --Tillotson.
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4. (Bot. & Zool.) To assume suddenly a new and different
character from the rest of the plant or from the type of
the species; -- said of a bud, shoot, plant, or animal.
See Sport, n., 6. --Darwin.
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Syn: To play; frolic; game; wanton.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

Sport Sport, v. t.
1. To divert; to amuse; to make merry; -- used with the
reciprocal pronoun.
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Against whom do ye sport yourselves? --Isa. lvii.
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2. To represent by any kind of play.
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Now sporting on thy lyre the loves of youth.
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3. To exhibit, or bring out, in public; to use or wear; as,
to sport a new equipage. [Colloq.] --Grose.
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4. To give utterance to in a sportive manner; to throw out in
an easy and copious manner; -- with off; as, to sport off
epigrams. [R.] --Addison.
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To sport one's oak. under Oak, n.
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You see it didn't even start out meaning "organized phycial activity where individuals and teams compete for prizes and glory and bunches of people gather to watch."

Which is what I and I think most people have in mind when we think of sports.

We borrowed a word and never really defined it. The genus part is now the conversations in bars and taverns will never have to end!":O}
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