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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by dooley_womack1, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    It's the next-to-last thing I want to see in a story (other than calling an innocent person guilty). It's newspaper-ese that a huge chunk of readership doesn't know the meaning of. It doesn't show sophistication, it shows stuffiness. If it's the last thing, or next-to-last thing I do, I hope to persuade you to expunge it when you see it.
  2. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    WCW should have called Renegade the Penultimate Warrior
  3. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    That reminds me of the worst wrestling gimmick ever: One Warrior Nation. Ultimate and some jobber were the only members.
  4. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    It wasn't just some jobber! It was ... I'll be damned if I can remember what he was calling himself by this point, but it was Brutus "The Zodiac Furface Butcher Barber Disciple Clipmaster Booty Man" Beefcake! But yeah, the whole thing was pretty damned lame.
  5. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Again, proud that I didn't quite have it totally right.
  6. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    And I could gladly go on all day showing why Meat is still a virgin :D, but back to the topic: Anyone care to defend penultimate?
  7. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    I will defend penultimate

    Right after I get done defending TJ Simers
  8. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Hey hey hey. Wrestling knowledge doesn't even crack the Billboard Hot 100 for reasons I'm a virgin. Not even on the bubbling under chart. It may be around 35 on the Adult Contemporary list, but I don't have it in front of me.

    And penultimate is as elegant and appropriate as a tuxedo t-shirt.
  9. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    We had an intern use it, and use it wrong.

    I've been in the biz a decade, and I didn't know the meaning. I had to look it up. And the intern was wrong.

    I agree, most readers don't know the word.

    Hell, I was once told to "write for an eighth grade reading level because that's the average grasp of the readers."
  10. Cansportschick

    Cansportschick Active Member

    Wow, you learn something new everyday.
  11. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    From dictionary.com


    1. next to the last: the penultimate scene of the play.
    2. of or pertaining to a penult.
    3. a penult.

    adj. Next to last.
    n. The next to the last.
  12. Dan Rydell

    Dan Rydell Guest

    Got that right.

    Throwing foreign phrases -- especially Latin and French -- into a newspaper story bugs me the same way. Magazine stories, too.
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