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Saritdiisraele

Senior Member
Israel, hebrew
What is a "game changer"?

"Looking back on it, they all agreed: Iowa had been a game changer."

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.
 
  • Sepia

    Senior Member
    High German/Danish
    Don't you think the ones you mention all changed the character of election campaigns in their own special way? To could be what they mean. And about Iowa - in your place I'd check what happened there during the campaign.
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    "Game changer" is an American (at least) sports reference/metaphor.

    It refers to something that happens to change the expected outcome of the game.

    If a star player is injured during a game and the trailing team surges ahead, for example, that event could be called a "game changer."

    (Politics, after all, is something of a sport in some respects :D and the reporting thereof can be rife with sports metaphors)
     

    Sepia

    Senior Member
    High German/Danish
    Not only that, but it is normal practice that journalists pick expressions from other fields to paint a picture of the situation. Oops, I just did the same thing too.
    I couldn't imagine journalists writing in any language not doing that.
     

    Saritdiisraele

    Senior Member
    Israel, hebrew
    Got it guys! I have to say that's not simple at all the English metaphors I have to break my brains with each third word but I like it ...
     
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