New words – 5 October 2020

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physical literacy noun [U]
UK /ˌfɪz.ɪ.kᵊl.ˈlɪt.ᵊr.ə.si/ US /ˌfɪz.ɪ.kᵊl.ˈlɪt̬.ɚ.ə.si/
the ability to carry out basic physical activities, such as running, jumping, throwing and catching

Children should be taught “physical literacy” in the same way they learn to read and write if the gold-medal successes of athletes such as Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson are to translate into more people getting active, the head of the body tasked with increasing sporting uptake in England has said.
[The Guardian, 5 October 2019]

death diving noun [U]
a sport in which participants jump in a horizontal position from a diving board, only tucking their arms and legs in just before they hit the water

Arne Haugland, a Norwegian man who competes in “death diving” competitions, shared a video of himself taking a terrifying, headfirst leap into a hole in a partially frozen body of water in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago located between mainland Norway and the North Pole.
[, 7 May 2020]

chessboxing noun [U]
UK /ˈtʃes.bɒk.sɪŋ/ US /ˈtʃes.bɑːk.sɪŋ/
a sport that combines chess and boxing

The fusion of chess and boxing into the hybrid sport of “chessboxing” has provoked controversy as its supporters prepare to host the first pay-per-view event next weekend. Devotees of the “game of kings” have decried chessboxing as a “freak show” and a “hoax” that combines “bad chess and worse boxing”.
[, 18 July 2020]

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5 thoughts on “New words – 5 October 2020

  1. With regards to your post about physical literacy.

    physical literacy noun [U]
    UK /ˌfɪz.ɪ.kᵊl.ˈlɪt.ᵊr.ə.si/ US /ˌfɪz.ɪ.kᵊl.ˈlɪt̬.ɚ.ə.si/
    the ability to carry out basic physical activities, such as running, jumping, throwing and catching

    The definition for physical literacy can be found on the International Physical Literacy Association website
    “Physical literacy can be described as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.”
    (IPLA, 2014)
    This definition was modified by the IPLA from the initial definition developed by Margaret Whitehead, who is the founder of the modern day concept. It is recognised in many countries around the world – significantly Canada where a consensus statement was agreed in 2015 and where physical literacy is a prominent concept within education, sport and recreation.
    Other countries such as the New Zealand. Australia and the USA have modified the definition based on their cultural understanding of the concept.
    It is certainly not the description indicated by your post as the concept is holistic and includes the physical, affective and cognitive domains, not just the physical.

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