Word Abuse

I love language.  I love words.  I get real irked when people who ought to know better misuse words.  Bad enough that most American writers don’t seem to grasp the difference between “its” and “it’s,” but lately the one that gets my goat is right here:

“As a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill we learned a number of lessons, most importantly that we need to proceed with caution and focus on creating a more stringent regulatory regime,” [U.S. Energy Secretary Ken] Salazar said. “As that regime continues to be developed and implemented, we have revised our initial March leasing strategy to focus and expend our critical resources on areas with leases that are currently active. Our revised strategy lays out a careful, responsible path for meeting our nation’s energy needs while protecting our oceans and coastal communities.” Nola.com

Forget what he’s talking about.  Look at the way this dickweed confuses “regime” and “regimen.”  Twice!  And before you start snarking up your sleeve, look around you.  People talk and write about their “exercise regime.”  Go ahead and google it.  And “chemotherapy regime.”  What, there’s a King of Chemo now?  And “diet regime.”  No doubt headed by the Emperor of Edamame, or maybe the Jolly Green Giant.

If you don’t know what you’re talking about, shut the fuck up.  Use smaller words you understand.  And don’t tell me I should be glad you didn’t use “regiment” instead.

As for the newspapers who print this error with breathtaking frequency, can’t they pay somebody with an education to proofread instead of handing the job to the publisher’s brain-dead mutant offspring?

Damn this irritates me.  Can you tell?

It’s Friday , and it’s 5:00 somewhere.

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6 Responses to Word Abuse

  1. Miami Harold says:

    Temper temper.
    I quite agree, though, and am resigned to the reality
    that the onset of the digital age not only inspires such sloppiness
    but actually degrades the language itself even further.
    Words become less important as communication relies on other factors.
    Photos. Films. All things visual, fewer crafted sentences.
    Soon we will just grunt, point, and make faces
    like at high volume “musical” performances on stage and ubiquitously youtubed.

  2. Lu Senz says:

    This has been a pet peeve of mine for more years than I want to remember. The quality of writing I observed at the start of my career — and the standard to which I was held, even as a sportswriter — was so diluted towards the end I couldn’t express myself properly without getting edited by imbeciles with no command of the language. Remember the “niggardly” incident? That happened to me years before it hit the headline.

    The Miami Herald, where, like the city itself, English is a second language, is one of the worst offenders. I still remember a horrible baseball writer named Amy something back when the Marlins first got going….she wrote that a batter got “beaned on the hand.” How does an editor let that get by? Can’t anybody here write this game?

  3. "Esq." A Lawyer says:

    Twenty minutes before I read this post, I encountered the following sentence in the Herald: “The states have no real choice other than to accept this new Medicaid regime,” Winship said — because without it, they lose federal funding and would never be able to provide care on their own….” This is out of the mouth of Blaine Winship, special counsel for Attorney General Bill McCollum. In this case, while he probably confused “regimen” with “regime,” I suspect neither is right. Why not “system,” or “regulations,” or “mandate”?

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/12/16/1977359/judge-hears-argument-on-healthcare.html#ixzz18NQD0iek

  4. Missing Lincoln says:

    I’d settle for more commas.

  5. ya'gotta'guessit' says:

    The apostrophe should be banned for one full generation, and then gradually re-introduced, with a speedy, Cultural Revolution-style death penalty applied whenever it’s used to pluralize a noun.

    Also, “there”, “their”, and “they’re” will be explained ONE MORE TIME, and then that’s fucking IT (see above).

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