Listening yesterday (Wednesday) morning to NPR‘s account of the Sotomayor hearings caught me up on the previous day’s proceedings. Nina Totenberg closed her segment with these words: “…with no end in sight, until Thursday.”
Perhaps this means that as a journalist, Totenberg is trained not to see beyond the setting sun. I think it is more likely that Totenberg is using a metaphor poorly.
I’m not the best person to serve as self-proclaimed language police, but having listened to pundits proclaim that “words have meanings” so loudly for so long, I decided to try and take them seriously.
I am, after all, in the word business. I pay attention to how others use words, and, hopefully, at least as much attention to how I use them.
So, while I’m at it, here are a couple of other misuses that irk me.
Using “literally” to add emphasis.
Using “to” following “between.” For instance, I have lost count of the times I’ve heard or read something like “we will be available between 2 to 5.” AND goes with between. TO does not.
Thus endeth my rant for this morning.
Go and do likewise.