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June 30th, 2006

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04:14 pm - An American question
On the eve of this pre-patriotic weekend, I find myself facing the question:
Am I too American to use the phrase "sticky wicket?"

And what is American for "sticky wicket?"

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Date:June 30th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
um... wha?
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Date:June 30th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)

lj keeps logging me out!

sorry bout that. that was me. still confused tho.
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Date:July 1st, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)

the real question

what's the difference between a wicket and a sticky wicket?
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Date:July 2nd, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)

Re: the real question

A wicket is a small door or opening in a larger door, or more commonly, the area marked out by wickets on cricket pitch.

A sticky wicket is (as hoppie tells me) in American, "a thorny problem". Or, a wet and difficult playing surface.

That's the problem with idiomatic phrases. They make perfect sense in your head until you have to explain them.

Have a look at this: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-sti2.htm
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Date:June 30th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
I find it difficult to comment on that since it's such an integral part of my psyche.

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