The Suffering Language

Newscaster on CNN, covering the fallen crane in New York City:
 
Since it was Saturday, there was less people in the streets.
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  1. Ken Dryden says

    In addition to bad grammar, there are plenty of bloopers on the news. An NPR reporter rushing through the headlines at the top of the hour closed with this gem:
    “It is believed that OPEC is seeking a target price for oil of $26 to $28 per basket. For NPR News, I’m…”

  2. Marla says

    Can someone also explain to me, please, the fascination with inserting the words “and I’m like.” I hear educated adults, as well as newscasters/television show hots using this phrase or even just an inappropriately placed “like,” and I’m wondering if this has become an acceptable way to speak or if it is an epidemic?
    On a jazz note, I can’t stop watching/listening to 2 recently released jazz DVDs- one is the Joe Lovano Nonet and the other is a beautiful documentary on the brilliant pianist, Michel Petrucciani. (Just wanted to add a wee bit of jazz info to an otherwise non-jazz posting)!
    Marla

  3. Richard M. Sudhalter says

    I also would appreciate never again hearing “at the end of the day” and such locutions.