Living in the US but being an Englishman by birth, there are a few words in the American vocabulary that really annoy me but the biggest offender has to be “winningest”. After some thought I figured out that what it really means is “most successful” so it beats my why the hell they cannot just say that.
Saying that someone is the most successful at something is a phrase that would be recognized world wide by the English speaking population. Calling someone the “winningest” is a term that going to be recognized by the population of one country.
Since this term is usually only use by American commentators when talking about American sports and since the rest of the world does not follow America sports, in spite of one of them having a ‘World Series’ (I forget which so I guess it cannot be too important), I’m guessing the rest of the world does not really care. BUT I DO!
So, I’m driving into work today and I hear on the radio (NPR at that) “most winningest”. Now WTF is “most winningest”?
If winningest is “most successful” then “most winningest” must be “most most successful”. At this point I just think someone is taking the piss with their abuse of my native tongue. So if you, NPR (or any other) news reader are reading thus (unlikely), CAN YOU PLEASE STOP ABUSING MY LANGUAGE!