crazy climber dude
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Re:The Official London 2012 Summer Olympics Thread
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 1:07 AM
Speaking of gymnastics, here's a pointless, inconsequential rant, important probably only to me:
...what happened to the word "the"? Why all the disrespect?
It started, in my estimation, with the concept of the end-of-the-year bacchanalia for high school seniors. In my day, that was called "the prom". We went to "the prom", we asked others that we liked if they wanted to go to "the prom", and some of us made asses of ourselves at "the prom". Now, apparently, kids go to "prom". I don't really know what it means "to prom", but I don't think that is how it is meant. I also heard this usage when those idiotic, self-serving, lack-of-any-perspective-that-I-can-see mothers would refer to their little cheerleading angels as going to "Nationals". Not "the Nationals", but "Nationals".
Then, and why this is coming up now, it progressed to gymnastics. The kids I'm watching last night, according to Tim Daggett, were alternately "on balance beam", "on pommel horse", and "on floor". From my position, though, it looked like they were competing on "the balance beam", twirling like gypsies on "the pommel horse", or jumping like crazy people on "the floor". In all seriousness, I get that linguistically you could be talking about a piece of equipment or an event, so the noun could be refering to two different things, and like we talk about "baseball" and not "the baseball", we could in theory talk about "floor" in the same way, but I still ask the question, why now? Why didn't Jim McKay refer to Olga Korbut dominating in "uneven bars"? It was after all, "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat", wasn't it?
Thankfully we aren't going to "World Series", "Stanley Cup", or "Super Bowl" yet. But I might "wang-chung" tonight if I'm lucky.
Very amusing rant and I agree. And what about:
- An ice cream? What the hell is that? I can get "some" ice cream. Or I can get an ice cream cone. But how can you get an ice cream?
- RBI vs RBI's. Since you brought up baseball. Are you old school and prefer the original plural version......or the technically accurate but still somewhat strange sounding singular one?
- I live near Denver and go see THE Nuggets and THE Avalanche at PEPSI CENTER. No disrespectful THE in that case either. I still often refer to it as The Pepsi Center out of spite.
- Scorpions. The band. Woe to you, evidently, if you refer to them as The Scorpions.
- Also in the wonderful state I live (even with the fires and shooting), Colorado, there is a town called Buena Vista. How would YOU pronounce that? It's obviously the SPANISH words for Good (or Great) View, right? Colorado's history is defined by Spanish influences. So it's BWAYNA, correct? Just like buenas nochas. But how do many of the people here......including the lion's share of the towns folk themselves pronounce it? BYOONA. I know, right? At least they don't say VEESTA.
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