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  • n. a designated substitute player; he may field but not bat or bowl

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  • "When an old cricketer leaves the crease, well you never know whether he's gone / If sometimes you're catching a fleeting glimpse of a twelfth man at silly mid-on / And it could be Geoff and it could be John, with a new ball sting in his tail / And it could be me and it could be thee, and it could be the sting in the ale.
    The sting in the ale.
    - Chorus from Roy Harper's lovely When an old Cricketer Leaves the Crease. Hope you'll give it a listen.

    September 25, 2009

  • N.F.L. fans cannot help themselves. So they keep cheering, often disrupting the communications and hard-thought intentions of the visiting offense and becoming, in effect, what Seattle fans and others call the 12th man. (From Double-Tongued Dictionay)

    June 9, 2008