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Sports are lauded for their ability to unite people through a healthy combination of fitness, enjoyment, competition, and camaraderie. But what about their ability to create new words? Through the lenses of different cultures and languages, the same mutually intelligible aspects of a given sport result in slang terms that are weird—even hilarious to outsiders.

 

To capture the linguistic richness of this intersection of sport and culture, we took a small sample of sports slang words from across the world and brought them to life visually through the talent of Hong Kong-based illustrator Siu Yan Fung.