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.