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There HAD to be a better choice of words than this

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BYH, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Let me preface this by acknowledging we all screw up and that one time, when I was writing a column in college about my sister's recent car accident, an eagle-eyed editor noted there was probably a way to mention she was recovering well without using the phrase "road to recovery."

    But still, read these consecutive graphs from the AP's Miami football sider today and tell me it's not cringe-inducing.

    Four days after Miami lost senior defensive lineman Bryan Pata, who was shot and killed outside his apartment, the Hurricanes lost a football game -- 14-13 to No. 23 Maryland on Saturday.

    It was Miami's third straight loss, one that dropped the team's record to 5-5 and put its shot of even going to a bowl game in further jeopardy. Yet things like postseason bids and won-lost records have been rendered meaningless, replaced by real-life issues.
  2. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    Yikes. That is bad. "Chance" or "opportunity" would have been much better selections than "shot."
  3. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

  4. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    While that may indeed be accurate, Columbo, I think you know what I meant.
  5. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Very clever. Well done.

    Now we just need to rhyme "real-life issues" with "he donated organs and tissue." :eek:
  6. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Forget it, now I see the joke. Good stuff, Columbo.
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    It reads like the start of an Albom column...
  8. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    Hell, he wasn't even at that game.

    Not that that would have stopped him.
  9. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Did you see the book review section in Sunday's Podunk Bugle?
  10. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    Actually no. An Albom column would have mentioned that Pata was at the game.

    I'm going to hell for this post.
  11. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    Yes. But it still was hilarious.
  12. Appgrad05

    Appgrad05 Active Member

    Once again, I clicked on one of these threads scared to death that I would find my own words staring back at me.

    And now I can exhale.
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