Et Tu, NPR?

I know I can count on Yahoo! for a …unique… approach to word usage, but I expect better from NPR’s book reviews. Instead:

“Writer Mira Bartok was 40 years old when a semi-trailer hurled into her car on the New York Thruway.”

The word is hurtled. “Hurl,” used in formal speech, needs an object: “She hurled an eraser at the book reviewer.”

The only reason “hurl,” needs no object in its slang sense is because it’s a euphemism—that is, used specifically to avoid mentioning the substance you, er, hurl when you hurl.

I’m no stranger to this kind of disappointment with NPR—it seems that eventually, apprise vs. appraise will cause me to lose respect for absolutely everybody in the whole world, until one day I flub it myself and the universe goes up in smoke—but I never expected something quite so gross.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. whiskers09092006
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 23:59:41

    Not me though, right? I know the difference between apprise and appraise. 😉 *hugs*

    Reply

    • Miss Twitch
      Jan 19, 2011 @ 12:37:28

      Of course! It does disqualify you for jobs with NPR and the defunct TV show Crossing Jordan, though. 😉

      Reply

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