Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Butchering the language

I know that the English language is a moving target in which there is a great deal of flexibility in the creation of words, in particular as catchphrases. The Associated Press seems to have taken this to an almost absurd level. In sports the term three-peat was created to describe the an event that followed a repeat. It has filtered backwards now.

Riley seeks 'two-peat' with Miami Heat is the title of a story just posted on the Internet (I accessed it via Yahoo News). He wants to REPEAT a champion. If the word exists you don't have to make some stupid combo up to represent it.

Perhaps we should send the AP a dictionary.


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