Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Death of Grammar, Pt. 7,894

Mark Jackson just said it during the Bulls-Cavs game (the Cavs are still not a championship-winning team, in my opinion), but I've been meaning to whine about this for a while now: "Score the basketball." This is now a common phrase to hear during broadcasts. They have to more aggressively score the basketball. He's become a lot more effective at scoring the basketball. Etc.

Have they changed the rules of basketball? If you throw, say, your shoe through the hoop, does that count for points? Because last I checked, "score" and "scoring" and "scored" used to stand on their own. And in fact, the verb "score," applied to an object, changes the word's meaning. Perhaps the players are cutting small notches into the basketball? Perhaps they are creating music to be played in sync with the movement of the basketball?

He just said it again.


Blogger Mike Lindgren said...

Maud Newton gave an "out-shout" to The Second Pass at a panel on "The Future of Book Criticism" at the Mercantile Library on Saturday.

12:45 AM  
Blogger JMW said...

Thanks for letting me know, Mike. Nice to hear.

12:43 AM  

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