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2010-10-03 12:50:00

According to a study published on Friday, tennis players who grunt loudly when hitting a ball appear to have a competitive edge over their opponents. Canadian and American researchers said that the noise accompanying a hard shot makes an opponent slower to respond and more likely to misjudge exactly where the ball is, which makes it tougher to hit it back. "Conservatively, our findings suggest that a tennis ball traveling 50 miles per hour could appear 24 inches 2 feet closer to the...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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