Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Strunk White, Idiot Weatherman: Pronounciating Rite

Strunk White, Idiot Weatherman: "Tomorrow, Sunday, the area will be enveloped (pronounced like the past tense of the item in which you mail a letter) with snow and blizzard conditions."

On Sunday, we got zero snow and nearly zero wind.

3 comments:

Bob Culp said...

One is a verb, the other a noun. Why is it so hard to keep them straight? The noun has the long o, the verb the short. They are not interchangeable. The saddest part, in my mind, is that the two greatest offenders of this are preachers. And at least one of them has a PhD.

Anonymous said...

We have a local weather guy like this-I call him idiot boy, and I usually change the channel when he appears. He can't get one sentence out of his mouth without a glaring grammatical error. He's also smarmy and snarky, so the question is, am I the only one who notices this?

Hildy said...

I can't resist commenting. I have a choice of 8 or 9 broadcast channels and with maybe two exceptions, the weather people are all weird. The one I dislike the most never actually predicts the weather. Instead he tells you what each of the "models" predicts and leaves it up to us to guess which model will win out. As if I'm a meteorologist capable of doing that. But his WORST fault is during extreme weather of the kind we've had in this area in the last two years. Year one, we set a record for inches of snowfall. Year two, we set a record for number of "snow events." I have to shovel a 400' driveway (with a shovel) if it snows. Every time he predicted snow, I became more suicidal while at the same time, bozo the weatherman became more and more joyous and happy. After all, he got to open the newscast and got two additional segments during the half hour. The guy lives for air time obviously. Nor does he understand that for some of us, snow is an miserable event and should be announced in subdued, sepulchral tones. All I can say is that it's a really good thing for this bozo's family that I don't own a gun.