Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Couch Potato Heaven

I'm not one to use this space to plug commercial ventures, nor do I advocate giving the cable company even more money, but in this case, I'm willing to make an exception.

I got MLB Extra Innings on Friday, and I love it! I may never leave the house again.

©2006 Douglas T. Dinsmoor

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Department of Redundancy Department

One of my many pet peeves is redundancy in language. When I hear people use terms like "ATM machine" and "PIN number," they just sound stupid. I hear the latter often in commercials, which is even worse, because professional writers, editors, agencies and more are involved, and stuff like that still slips by.

So it drives me a little nutty when I hear or see redundant baseball terms. Today, I was listening to the Red Sox home opener radio broadcast on my computer, and I was following along on Yahoo! In the 7th inning, Yahoo! posted this: "D. Ortiz homered to deep right." Well, he couldn't have homered to shallow right.

Another one that I hear all the time that bothers me is "grand slam home run." A grand slam is, by definition, a home run. You can't have a grand slam triple, or a grand slam sacrifice fly. If you hear "grand slam," you know it's a home run. Or you should.

Sometimes less is more.

©2006 Douglas T. Dinsmoor