Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Something that annoys me

If you are going to pursue a career in broadcasting you should have a good working knowledge of the English language. I hear newscasters using poor grammar often. They also frequently use words incorrectly or sometimes the completely wrong word.

Example: There's currently a huge fire near the Napa/Solano line which is causing the whole bay area air quality issues. We live in Solano so we've been following the story closely. Last night the newscaster was saying that they now have the fire 60% under control "so it's all but diminished".
Thank you websters on line

Main Entry: di·min·ish
Pronunciation: d&-'mi-nishFunction: verb
Etymology: Middle English deminishen, alteration of diminuen, from Anglo-French diminuer, from Late Latin diminuere, alteration of Latin deminuere, from de- + minuere to lessen -- more at MINORDate: 15th centurytransitive verb
1 : to make less or cause to appear less
2 : to lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of : BELITTLE
3 : to cause to taper
intransitive verb
1 : to become gradually less (as in size or importance) : DWINDLE
synonym see DECREASE
- di·min·ish·able /-ni-sh&-b&l/ adjective
- di·min·ish·ment /-m&nt/ noun

As the fire was now under greater control it WAS diminished. I think she meant to say it was all but extinguished. Learn the language people less you appear here to be made fun of for the amusement of half a dozen readers. That'll teach em.

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