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Learn to speak Hawk

It's easy to get confused when watching a White Sox TV broadcast, as play-by-play man Ken "Hawk" Harrelson has his own language. We're here to decode the most popular "Hawkisms."

1. Can of corn

Perhaps the most versatile of all of Hawk Harrelson's quirky colloquialisms, in Hawk's world, a can of corn isn't just something you'd find at the grocery store. It's also a routine fly ball. Unlike some of his other sayings, this one is easily applicable in your daily life. "That proposal was a can of corn." Easy, peasy, just like you'd expect from the Hawk.

2. You can put it on the boooooard … YES!

Hawk's home run call is perhaps his most iconic, and perhaps the most fun to say after a couple of beers. A verbal explosion on par with the ones you see coming from the center field scoreboard at U.S. Cellular Field, this is one of those phrases that you either love or love to hate.

3. Stretch!

Harrelson is known to plead with inanimate objects at times in the broadcast booth. This one is perhaps his most popular, when he implores a fly ball to go just a little bit farther and out of the outfielder's reach.

4. Duck snort

More than just a funny noise made by a bird, a duck snort is any short pop-up that lands softly on the outfield grass beyond the reach of the outfielders.

5. He gone!

Hawk's signature catchphrase after a batter strikes out adds insult to injury. This saying has also been heard in offices around Chicago not long after a male boss leaves for the day.

Matt Lindner is a RedEye special contributor.

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