Hat Trick


I love this phrase, even though I didn’t fully understand its proper usage until I looked it up just now. It’s just so evocative. I picture bowler hats being juggled in the air by a tuxedoed man on a vaudeville stage, his cane hanging by its crook over his arm while he tosses the hats high up in the air, never dropping one (okay, the photo at left is a slightly wacky version of my version – but hey, red bowler hats). But…that’s not what a hat trick is. It’s a sports reference. I had no idea. It refers to achieving three positive feats (the feat depends on the sport) in a row.  It actually started with cricket in 1858. When a then famous cricketer “took three wickets with three consecutive deliveries”, fans held a collection for him, presenting him with a hat bought with the proceeds, and thus this phenomenon came to be called a hat trick, according to Mental Floss. I hadn’t thought about this term or heard it for ages. Then earlier this week, after the Women’s World Cup, in which the US defeated Japan (in case you hadn’t heard), an NPR reporter used the term. I heard it and thought, “What a bon mot!” But I was driving at the time and couldn’t write it down. Thankfully, a kind twitter friend named Peggi tweeted me about it the very next day, saying “good bon mot”, and including a link to the Mental Floss post. What image comes to mind for you when you hear the phrase hat trick?


4 thoughts on “Hat Trick

  1. Thanks a lot Sue I have heard that comment many times I mean that term hat trick I knew it was a sports term but I didn’t know where it originated from. I really didn’t know what it meant either thanks for clearing that up for me.

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