Friday, September 23, 2011

Come on!

I was about to blog that Alex's attempt to imitate the accent and cadence of Kennedy and Reagan made identifying the excepts from their inaugurals (already embarrassingly easy: "the torch has been passed" and SDI? C'mon) really easy.

But then they told Jessica that "tariff" was wrong because they'd referenced GATT and it had to be "tariffS". Come on. Really? That's astonishing.



At 10:16 PM, September 23, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Our reaction, too, was that the insistence on "tariffS" tonight seemed overly persnickety. Of course, once in a rare while someone who's lost gets to come back months later for a second chance (probably so the company can avoid lawsuits, I reckon).

At 11:14 PM, September 25, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

OTOH, on this evening's "Inspector Lewis" epi -- "The Mind Has Mountains" -- we were quite sure we heard a character refer to the US's National Institute [sic] of Health. Grrr!

At 8:39 AM, September 29, 2011 Blogger Barry Leiba had this to say...

Can't really expect a British program(me) to get it right, when most Americans don't. And it's all so confusing: we have the National Institutes of Health (plural), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (singular). Who can remember?

My pet peeve on the "There's an 's' in there," thing is "John Hopkins University". I see that mistake made even by professors at other major U.S. universities.


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