September 26

Word Abuse: ‘Very Personal and Poignant’

Just a few minutes ago as I flipped over to ESPN to catch the Phillies-Braves baseball game, the announcers turned the discussion to the Sunday altercation between San Diego Padre [tag]Milton Bradley[/tag] and an umpire, which umpire has since been suspended.

Referring to the umpire, commentator [tag]Orel Hershiser[/tag] said what got the ump suspended was not just his use of profanity but the fact that it was "personal and poignant."

Since I’m dedicated to pointing out abusers of the English language here, I must suggest that I believe Hershiser meant "pointed."

I doubt poignancy would get an umpire suspended.



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Posted September 26, 2007 by Gary McCarty in category "Grammar Sucks

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