An excerpt of Bobbie Rosenfeld's column in Toronto's Globe and Mail, in the October 26, 1940 edition, on page 15.
Feminine Sports Reel by Bobbie Rosenfield
Mamie Maloney, the Vancouver Sun;s social editor, writing a guest column for Hal Straight, takes sports scribblers to task like this:
"Sports writers, for years past, have been practically alone in the field of turning the English language inside out for their own fiendish uses.
To the initiated, like us, it has been an utter impossibility, to interpret the average sports writer without a glossary, or even to guess what game he was writing about.
Proof of our contention is offered in the following paragraphs:
A typical sentence in a sport's story about baseball:
"Harry is a fancy Dan and when he steps up to the dish his best bigles are bloopers. He's a sucker for a sinker and he usually goes to war on a change of pace."
Which, be interpreted means:
"Harry is the kind of ball player, who, by his antics, makes everything look much harder than it really is, and when he takes his place at home plate, his best battling efforts are softly hit balls which are fortunate to roll clear of the infield. He'll swing at a bad pitch and he usually stands with his bat on his shoulder when the pitcher elects to change the speed of his delivery."
Some of the sports writer's effusions may appear highly colored to you, Mamie, but to us they pale and wane in comparison to the fashion menu offered on the social pages.
A typical paragraph about milady's pretties:
"The 'Make Mine Vanilla' fashion menu at Josie's is an all-white scoop. They love it, we do and you will. They're showing white in practically every variation and fabric for evening dresses, and whether you want a moulded and draped shimmering satin or a bouffant floating waits dress you'll find it.
The whites have a range of complexion-conscious hues, so if you can't wear chalk white you can choose white with apricot flavoring, pearly white, honey tinted French Vanilla or White white."
Which, being interpreted mean: White is creating a happy hubbub this social semester. Look loveliest and most refreshing, intriguing and most engaging in a white interpretation.
Ladies and gentlemen. We leave the decision to you.