Monday, June 29, 2009

Language Police

One of the many consequences of our era of mass communication is massive crimes against language. Some people (Stephen) get even more carried away by this than I do but I wanted to point out 2 to you today.

The first was on ESPN where the commentator said that the race could have been won and/or lost by any racer in the final 10 laps. Unfortunately for him, it is impossible to win AND lose a race (at least the same race).

The second was in an article where the author described a desert in Arizona as "literally going on and on forever." This is also impossible, unless I suppose, the desert is heaven... but I think that unlikely.

I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.


Christopher J said...

If a driver (assuming it is a NASCAR race to which you refer -- since you are, I'm afraid, very much a backwater, country bumpkin at this point) had agreed to throw the race, which is to say, let another driver win, then, should said driver suddenly have won the race, he would have in effect both won and lost. For in winning he'd have lost, and in losing, won. Furthermore, presumably this turn of events, his chicanery notwithstanding, might have befallen (in the sense of losing, which is to say winning) him in the final 10 laps.

But, of course, then, we have to ask ourselves, why are we discussing such things with respect to commentary on NASCAR? For, surely, only the grammar and syntax of a sport so dignified as baseball is worthy of critical reproach.

Anonymous said...

Dumbing down of America!

A couple of fine examples!

Dtrain said...

Why are you shocked that a commenter on a NASCAR message board cannot use proper grammar? Personally, I'm impressed they can even log on to "the internets"