Tag Archives: NPR

Seriously, When Did ‘Call In Sick’ Turn Into ‘Call Out Sick’?

About ten years ago the hardwording staff proposed a federal government Syn Tax, “a fine for misuse of the English language. At a quarter a pop, that could wipe out the deficit in no time.” Some six years later, we … Continue reading

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Sharpiegate Rumpus Misses the Real Scandal at NWS

Yes, Donald Trump is an idiot for mobilizing his entire sadministration – including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees the National Weather Service – to back up his chronic moronic claims that Hurricane Dorian would ravage Alabama, even … Continue reading

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When a Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés (‘Uphill Lift’ Edition)

From our annual That’s Just Sad desk As the hardworking staff wends its way through this veil – sorry, vale – of tears, we’ve felt obliged to keep track of the mangled phrases employed by our differently worded brethren, who go … Continue reading

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When a Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés (‘Tamper Down’ Edition)

From our That’s Just Sad desk Every now and again the hardclipping staff chronicles the mangled phrases uttered by the differently clichéd among us and, man, they are legion. Here’s our latest batch, in reverse chronological order. • The other … Continue reading

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The Colin Kaepernick ‘Blacklist’ Is – Seriously – His Own Fault

So the hardlistening staff caught this piece on Weekend All Things Considered the other day. How Much Are Colin Kaepernick’s Political Views Impacting His Unsigned Status? We’re going to take a few minutes now to talk about sports. Now, even … Continue reading

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When a Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés (‘Drudge Up’ Edition)

From our That’s Just Sad desk Every now and again the headscratching staff chronicles the mangled phrases of the differently clichéd among us and, man, they are legion. So here’s another roll call, dating back 12 months. • Last August, … Continue reading

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Welcome to the 2016 Billion-Dollar Digital Adlection

If the 2004 presidential campaign was the Internet Election, and the 2008 campaign was the Social Media Election, and the 2012 campaign was the Twitter Election, then the 2016 presidential campaign is the Digital Ad Election. From USA Today: TV, … Continue reading

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When a Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés (‘Hanker Down’ Edition)

From our neverending Language Police blotter As always, the hardworking staff is on the differently clichéd beat like Brown on Williamson. And the past several months have provided a myriad of mangled phrases. Call the roll: • Back in November, David Mark, co-author … Continue reading

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The War Over ‘War of the Worlds’ – Myth or Math?

Conventional wisdom holds that Orson Welles’s 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds terrorized an entire nation. Representative sample from the following day:     But that’s not really what happened, as Jefferson Pooley and Michael J. Socolow chronicled in … Continue reading

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When a Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés . . .

. . . well, that’s just sad. The hardnoting staff has a habit of recording mangled phrases in the press, and here’s our latest batch. • From Boston Magazine last July, about the 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race: “[Martha Coakley’s] apparent reversal … Continue reading

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