July 12

NewsSpeak: ‘Sucky’ Supplants Normal Terms

Waiting at home for an electrician, I turned on [tag]Fox News[/tag] because Food Channel was featuring [tag]Paula Deen[/tag] (not one of my favorites).  The news was good:  Dow Jones Average up 283 points, but the accompanying commentary wasn’t nearly so good.  The anchorman said, in effect, "So the economy isn’t so sucky after all."

I don’t know if this represents a new low in televised news or whether I just haven’t been paying enough attention.  I suppose we all have a definition of sucky that makes his commentary understandable, but whatever happened to the words bad and lousy?  Has sucky supplanted them?

Enquiring minds don’t really want to know.

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Posted July 12, 2007 by Gary McCarty in category "Grammar Sucks

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