No Excuse for Bad English

10 Jun

OK — I am up on my proverbial soapbox again. Hang with me while I get this off my chest. Two phrases gaining momentum nationally are really starting to bug me. One is the saying “My Bad.” This one (used when one is admitting fault or blame for a mishap) has been around for some time now, yet it still bothers the heck out of me. And I am no closer to actually saying it … ever! My bad what? Sorry, I just don’t like it.

The other is the use of the term “scuffling” to describe an athlete who is in a slump. I believe this one was actually started by an un-educated ball player who was probably groping to come up with the word “struggling” in a post-game interview. Next thing you know, every athlete and their Mommas are using this with sickening regularity. Even worse, now some of the bigtime sportcasters are starting to pick it up and a few are actually weaving it into their broadcasts. Talk about the tail wagging the dog! Stop the madness — I beg of you.   

Can you imagine the late Jim McKay ever using such terminology? Man, is he going to be missed!

Rest in peace, Jim McKay. Job well done!  

For those of you still on the fence, here is the true definition of the word:

scuf·fle 1 (skfl)

intr.v. scuf·fled, scuf·fling, scuf·fles
1. To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
2. To shuffle.
n. A rough disorderly struggle at close quarters.”
None of the above really apply to the current use of the term.
Still not convinced? Keep reading …
Jim: “Pele, you were really scuffling out there, dog.”
Pele: “No comprendre, Jeem. What is this “scuffling?”
Jim: “My bad, bro. Struggling … I meant struggling.”
Enough said, people? Good. Case closed.

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