In the sentence:
“the building game“
the building industry
the construction field
Register in Language means Social Level
The difference between “the field of construction” and “the building game” is a difference of register.
“Register” has many meanings but in this context, “register” means “social level”.
In a formal or academic setting somebody might say or write:
What is your field?
but in a normal informal conversation we say:
What do you do?
and in a formal or academic or written setting the answer will be
My field is construction
but in an informal relaxed conversation,
a person will more likely say:
I am in the building game
I am a builder.
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“Game” is a Metaphor
Game could be:
a game of football
a card game
a game that children play