A personal irritation with the abuse of ‘sublime’ during BBC commentary of the Djokovic -Murray tennis final has led to a broader conversation on critical terms that are widely misused by reporters of both classical music and spectator sports.
Here’s a short-list of terms, mostly adverbs, that I would ban altogether.
- sublime (OED: … distinguished by elevation or size or nobility or grandeur)
- achingly (OED: continuous or prolonged dull pain)
- played winningly (who won?)
- eminently (OED: exalted, distinguished) satisfying
- committed (if the player isn’t, why the hell is s/he being paid?)
More, perhaps, to follow. Feel free to add your own.