Mincing our words


One of the great joys in life is shouting at the radio. It’s not big and it’s not clever, but it helps me to vent a little, and puts me in a jolly frame of mind for the rest of the day.  

So there I was this morning, as usual, engaged in the normal ablutions while listening to the eight o’clock news on local radio (Forth One).  And as usual, the news is followed by the morning sports bulletin.  And as usual the top two stories are about local soccer teams Hearts and Hibs. And as usual, the reporter swaps from one story to the other with the link “Meanwhile, across the city …” . That gets a wee shout of its own most mornings.

But not today. Today’s ire was reserved for the reporting of the latest on the new manager for Hibs.  Apparently, said new Boss, Mr Calderwood, is well aware of how many managers the team has went through in recent years.

Went?

WENT?

OMG! It seems that all one needs to qualify as a sports journalist nowadays is to prove that one once threw up in Waterstones’ doorway after a particularly good “sesh” at Uni, and therefore has a passing knowledge of what a book may look like.

I understand that the majority of the population of the country do not know the real meaning of the word “decimate”. I only rant a little bit when people talk about waiting on their friend (it’s waiting FOR, people – unless you are serving them a cuppa). But this supposed purveyor of the English language should be summarily dismissed from his job for such an abuse of participles. 

Damn right I shouted at the radio.  Which, unfortunately, is now covered in toothpaste.

 

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Just me, blogging ... and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s