Daily Archives: October 20, 2011

World Series 2011


Note to Tim McCarver and Joe Buck


The members of the Texas Rangers team are not "Ranger hitters"…likewise, the players for the St. Louis Cardinals are not "Cardinal hitters".


Their respective teams have legally-protected brand names…Rangers and Cardinals. They are trademarks. The individual players are not singulars for a plural entity.


Is this distinction too difficult for you to understand and respect?


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Halloween and Martha Stewart


A matter of pronunciation.


When the season of witches, ghosts, and goblins arrives, with pumpkins everywhere, we hear the name of the impending big, bewitching evening event pronounced two ways.


Many call it "hawl-o-ween." Many others call it "hal-uh-ween."


The name "Halloween" was first used circa 1700, and is short for All Hallow Even or Allhallows Eve (All Saints' Eve), reflecting the definition of "hallowed"…made holy, saintly, greatly revered or respected.


Perhaps the familiar pronunciation of "hawl-o-ween" stems from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and the Headless Horseman. But this pronunciation isn't correct; even though Martha Stewart says it this way. Very scary when Martha is wrong.


Halloween is "Hal-uh-ween".  Boo!


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