Fuyu Yuki says this one’s common in the UK:
How about that irritating sporting phrase “crashed out” ? It is used when a person or team loses to another and is eliminated from a contest. It is also inappropriately used. Regardless of if the “crashed out” party narrowly lost or was totally beaten, the newscasters will still refer to them as having “crashed out”.
From Robin D. Best, news editor of the Henderson Daily News in Henderson, Texas:
There has been a recent evolution in sports news coverage and sports talk
In the last year, I have heard sports anchors begin giving commentary and
using single player’s names as if it represented an entire group or
“What the Dallas Cowboys are hoping to pick up is another Troy Aikman and maybe an Emmit Smith or at least a Barry Sanders…”
Thanks for letting me air this out…
Tom Lemanski of Kildeer, IL, shares these gridiron groaners:
Your page inspired me to offer some football terminology. I like football
The one-foot line: no such thing. One-inch line
is also non-existent.
Gutsy: Bold? Couragous? Surprising? Strategic? Innovative?
Heroic? Anything! For a while, some sportscasters went with internal
fortitude. Now Fox has brought us back to gutsy.
Adding “a” before every name reference: … a QB like a Brett Favre or a Peyton Manning. Further proof that less is more
When they measure for a first down by running the sticks and chain
onto the field, how do they measure in the first place? They eyeball
it. Then make a big deal of taking a closer look when they think
There should be fines or something. Perhaps fines would support a language abuse police force?
R. G. Harris of Detroit,
Michigan, read the proceedings below and passed the following along:
I agree especially with the criticism of broadcast journalists
“A real team player;” “Ready to hit the ground running;”
and would add that they should also be forever forbidden from asking
inane questions of crime or disaster victims. Does anyone really doubt
how one feels when they have seen their home destroyed (totally destroyed
to the reporters) by fire, flood, tornado, etc. Or need they ask how
the family of a murder victim feels?Many other words or phrases should be eliminated. Among them:
a “self-starter;” and “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team‘.”
We should also stop “doing lunch” and “taking meetings.”
As a retired police supervisor, I also have strong negative feelings
about many cases of “cop-speak.” I once heard an arresting
officer testify as follows:
“I observed a male subject exit a red colored vehicle and
proceed on foot in a westerly direction.”
Wouldn’t it be easier to see a man get out of a red car and walk
west? A “red-colored” as opposed to a red-flavored or red-shaped?
A “westerly direction as opposed to a westerly size?
Do we ever sound so stupid as when we try to sound smart?
Anyone who says “the wave of the future” is clearly “mired
in the past,” says retired English professor Helen H. Gordon, who
defines a composition teacher as one who, for the love of good writing,
reads more bad writing than she’d ever have to read in any other occupation.
The Professor submits these choice annoyances:
“the bottom line”
“last but not least”
“couldn’t care less” (or erroneously, “could care
“man’s best friend”
“whose ox is being gored”
“man (or woman) who needs no introduction”
Doug Allaire offers these two candidates, mostly heard on
“So-and-so has drawn a line in the sand.…” I
think this one started showing up more after George Bush actually
said it before the Gulf War. Now I can just about hear someone on
a Sunday morning talkfest saying, “The Republicans have drawn
a line in the sand on this issue.” It always reminds me of drawing
lines in the sand at the beach and watching the rising tide wash them
away. Maybe the phrase isn’t as meaningless as I thought, after all.
Using individuals as if they were groups: “The Yankees have
had a lot of strong players, your Babe Ruths, your Joe DiMaggios, your Mickey Mantles….”