a few bits from a single article

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Mar 2 05:02:48 UTC 2012

On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 11:49 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
> A "perimeter shot" is an outside shot. It may or may not include the
> three-pointer. My point is that the definition that focuses solely on
> three-pointers would be wrong--if you can call it a three-point shot,
> why call it a perimeter shot instead?

(3-)point taken, but you suggested that "the perimeter is most
certainly the area /inside/ or near the line, /not/ beyond the line,
as the OED claims." That made it sound like you wanted the OED to
define a perimeter shot as being a long-range 2-point shot, excluding

> I am not sure that Novak is really distinguishing between the shots
> inside or outside the line when talking about "perimeter", so there is
> really no way to tell if he is using the OED definition or merely
> includes it as a part of "perimeter".

He was being asked about 3-pointers. Perhaps Novak was also talking
about shots just within the 3-point line, but that would be odd given
the context.


Ben Zimmer

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