Thursday, January 30, 2020

An Unfortunate Language Trend

This is a simple and short post about a usage trend that I have been noticing lately. It is becoming quite common, at least in sports reporting.

It is the use of the present tense when talking or writing about something that may occur in the future.

Yesterday, I came across this headline; I think it was for a video clip, but it might have been for a short article.

"Is [Insert Name] the coach next year?"

Not will he be the coach next year or will he still be the coach next year but Is He the coach next year.

Trends like this are easy to pick up, but I fervently hope that I can resist adopting this one.

Please put me out of my misery if I succumb.


Marie Smith said...

You are observant, AC. I miss that kind of stuff.

MARY G said...

Will arrive on doorstep with baseball bat in hand.

Barbara Rogers said...

Oh Jeese, not another thing to notice now!

Magpie said...

Would you weigh in on "have a good one"? Have a good one what? A good day, a good evening, a good trip to the DMV?

gigi-hawaii said...

There are all kinds of grammar glitches in the newspaper, computer and even common every day speech. Thanks for pointing out this one. Lol.

Red said...

Kids were not being taught grammar long before I retired in 1997. Grammar is very necessary so that people know the structure of the library. It's also well worth learning a second language as it's easier to understand our own language.

Jenn Jilks said...

language does evolve, but there are many things journalists, especially, are dumping.
Many are leaving off the 'ing' for just 'in', changin' things up.
Also, using 'there is' instead of 'there are'....

Shammickite said...

Wrong tense, very annoying.
One of my pet peeves is the use of "he should of known" instead of "he should have known", using "of" instead of "have" in similar phrases. Yes the words can sound similar, but it just doesn't make sense.

Tabor said...

I am "afeered" that our language is due for much greater change with the speed of news cycles and the clipped language of Twitter, etc.

Joanne Noragon said...

How about "Me and the head coach went..." instead of "The head coach and I went..."
Please put me out of my misery if I succumb.


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David M. Gascoigne, said...

Sloppy use of language is the norm these days. One of the things that makes me crazy is that when you ask people a simple question, such as, "When did that happen?" their answer is "I want to say last Thursday." What the hell does that mean? My other beef is that people use the inane terms "cool" and "neat" for everything, as though English, a language rich in adjectives offers no other choices. I was mentoring a young biology student for a while (third year university) and everything was either "insane" or "crazy." We came across a sequence where a male American Kestrel caught a vole and took it to a perch to consume it. When the only reaction she could come up with was "That's insane" I knew our sessions together were about to end.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

And to add to Joanne's remark above, how about "Her and I went there." People seem to have lost all knowledge of the difference between the subjective and the objective.

PipeTobacco said...

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Vicki Lane said...

Oh, heavens, don't get me started on language and the misuse thereof.

William Kendall said...

It irritates me too.