Posts Tagged ‘npr’

Heard on the radio…

November 15, 2011

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!

 

Thank you….

 

 

Heard on the Radio…

May 20, 2009

BBC World service interviewing someone they referred to as “a retired terrorist”.

What the hell is “a retired terrorist”? Is being a terrorist a legitimate job now, complete with benefits (if you survive)?

I can just imagine the small talk at a party:

“What do you do?”
“Oh, I’m a terrorist.”
“That must be exciting?”
“Has it’s ups and downs!”

Yeah, right!

Heard on the radio…

February 21, 2009

Starbucks comes out with instant coffee but if you miss the Starbucks experience, you can stand in a pretend line for 10 minutes and then tear up $4 and throw it away before drinking it!

Thanks to Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me on NPR.