Par for the course? Ladies’ golf ditches English-only policy

Babbel considers language and variation in sports.
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Par for the course? Ladies’ golf ditches English-only policy

I’m willing to wager that even those who’ve been speaking *English* their whole lives couldn’t tell you with confidence what a bogey or a mulligan is. Sports vocabulary has always constituted something of a rarefied language. I mean, words like scrimmage, sack or blitz have got to sound like Greek to the unintiated. Yet the LPGA (the US-based Ladies Professional Golf Association) recently took an iron swing at the rest of the world — and female golfers from Asia and Latin America in particular — when it attempted to implement a mandatory basic English language oral test for all of its members, failure of which would have meant suspension of playing privileges.

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