Sunday, June 26, 2011

Burning Question of the Day

What do the following phrases have in common?

Chomping at the bit.

Congressional Medal of Honor.

Over and out.

Less calories.

I could care less.

The answer is--they're all incorrect. Horses CHAMP at the bit. The word Congressional is not part of the MoH or its citation. In radio transmissions you say either over or out, never both. It's FEWER calories. If you could care less then you might care a lot. To show ultimate contempt or disinterest you should say I COULDN'T care less.

Now that you are armed with this knowledge I want you all to spread it throughout the world.

There's one other that drives me up a wall. In a Vonage commercial some over-excited twit says, "It's the white elephant in the room." Obviously the fools who wrote that line don't know what a white elephant is. And I'll bet they were high fiving each other mercilously when they came up with it.

On a positive note, the photo of the pretty girl is Doreen of the original Mouseketeers.

1 comment:

D Gary Grady said...

While we're being picky...

The name of the medal is the Medal of Honor, but since it's awarded by Congress it's a Congressional medal, and hence a Congressional Medal of Honor. The same is true of the (Presidential) Medal of Freedom.

It would be fewer horses or fewer marbles, but calorie is a unit measuring a continuous quantity, so "less calories" is acceptable. (So is "fewer calories" -- I'm very agreeable.)

"I could care less" would be OK if uttered in a sarcastic tone of voice.