Just so you all don’t think I’m crazy to link golf and grammar together, I present to you a fabulous column by golf announcer and funnyman, David Feherty.
The October edition of Golf Magazine features a humorous piece by Feherty called “Parsing the magical fairyland of television English.” Really great stuff.
Here’s a quote:
I’d be happy if I could just clear up a few of the most common mistakes I hear on telecasts. For example, the word irony is frequently used when describing that which is clearly coincidence. Here is how that little faux-pas could be fixed: “No, Bobby, the fact that they are tied for the lead, and went to the same high school, is not ironic. An example of irony would be if, in the middle of that last collection of un-connectable words, you had been flattened like an ant by a 500-pound dictionary. Let’s go to sixteen.”
And one more:
I will admit that there are certain rules in the English language that border on the idiotic and are just too hard to keep. An example is the ancient taboo of ending a sentence with a preposition. Sir Winston Churchill hated the ridiculously over-wrought sentences this rule inflicted upon a listener, and would have none of it. Another less enlightened parliamentary gin-victim once accused him of ending a sentence with a preposition, to which he replied famously, “This is the sort of bloody nonsense up with which I will not put!”
To read the entire column, check out Feherty’s column here.