MLB network commentators have been using the word 'scuffling' as a synonym for 'struggling. They do this every night. I think Billy Ripkin was the first one to do it, and the usage is spreading faster than swine flu -- CBS used it in their player news today.
Is there a definition of scuffling somewhere that means 'struggling' in this context that I had just never heard before? I had never heard it used by sports people this way, either. Does MLB Network have a license to alter the English language in such subtle yet brutal ways?
I thought scuffling as a verb = fighting, with a connotation that there is an opponent, so a scuffle = a struggle if struggle is being used as a fight, as in 'no signs of a struggle.'
But struggle, as in struggling to learn algebra or struggling to find his power stroke, IMO, is not synonymous with scuffle. A couple quick dictionary searches seem to back me up, but in English, if an incorrect usage happens often enough, it becomes accepted, so maybe it's just sports culture.
Still surprised i never noticed before, since it's like nails on the chalkboard to me this year.
Maybe I'm getting LD in my old age, but I think the link supports what I am saying.
Main Entry: scuffle Part of Speech: verb Definition: fight Synonyms: clash, come to blows, contend, cuff, grapple, jostle, skirmish, struggle, tussle, wrestle Antonyms: make peace
A struggling batter is not fighting with anyone except maybe himself. A person scuffling is scuffling with another person, in a scuffle.
This is the usage, I think, and scuffle is not listed.
Main Entry: struggle Part of Speech: verb Definition: labor, work Synonyms: assay, attempt, bend over backwards*, break one's back, break one's neck, cope, dig, endeavor, exert oneself, give it one's best shot, give the old college try, go all out, grind, hassle, have one's nose to grindstone, hustle, make every effort, offer, plug, plug away, scratch, seek, slave, strain, strive, sweat, tackle, take a crack, take a stab, take on, toil, try, try one's hardest, undertake, work like a dog Antonyms: idle, laze, rest