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Notice to ESPN and CBS Sports

 

A Risky Idea!

 

You guys are in the language business, whether you like it or not. So it's incumbent upon you to do your best to preserve and promote our English language.

 

The misfit speaking by your various on-air talents should be embarrassing if you take your cultural responsibility seriously.

 

Here's the "risky idea":  Require all of your potential on-air personalities (anchors, commentators, analysts) to pass a basic grammar and pronunciation test. Perhaps you should include producers and editors, as well.

 
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Note to Mary Carillo

 

We're still "waiting"!

 

Mary, you're in the language business (you're a TV commentator); so you should know better…in the U.S. Open match today between Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams, Azarenka did not "wait ON" the serve….

 

Wait ON is not wait FOR!

 

"waiting for" is a function of time…waiting for something to happen, someone to arrive (perhaps Godot), or something to be completed, like finish cooking or finish washing or finish writing, or for you to get your grammar cleaned up.

 

"waiting on" refers to service…something that people do for other people…waiters in restaurants and airline cabin attendants "wait on" their customers.

 

Examples: (1) A baseball hitter is not "waiting ON" a pitch; he is "waiting FOR" the pitch.

                    (2) Television watchers do not "wait ON" the news; they "wait FOR" the news.

 
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Note to John McEnroe and sports colleagues

 

Fashionable Misnomer

 

I realize that using the word "issues" has become fashionable as a substitute for "problems" — but get real.

 

When someone (an athlete) is injured, he/she doesn't have "issues"…the situation is PROBLEMS. A broken arm or leg is a PROBLEM.

 

The ISSUE is what to do about the problem. The SOLUTION is the issue. The problem itself is not an issue; it's a problem.

 

"Issues" has become a cliche. And cliches are problems!  

 
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