Some guy was on the radio the other day having a hissy fit about people calling our semi annual changing of the clocks DAYLIGHT SAVINGS. He felt it was his duty to point out that the correct designation is DAYLIGHT SAVING. No "S". I, for one, was shocked and appalled that anyone would be shocked and appalled over something so completely unimportant.
Not content to give it a rest and move on, he spent another five
minutes criticizing some TV anchor who continually said SAVINGS, even
though the graphic said SAVING. Oh, the humanity. You woulda thought the guy's fly was
open and his willie was hanging out.
Every so often, somebody around
here gets their knickers in a knot over SOLDIER FIELD. For years people
who don't know any better have mistakenly called it SOLIDER'S FIELD. Or
maybe they meant SOLDIERS', since it was built to honor ALL the
soldiers, not just one. But the fact remains, somebody named it SOLDIER
FIELD, which means that adding the "S" is a travesty or something. Thank goodness there are people who consider
it their personal duty to make sure you know these things. Of course,
since they added a multi-gazillion dollar addition to the field, most
of us just call it the Flying Saucer.
Bite me again.
Same for Canada geese, which the uninitiated call CANADIAN geese. The
damn birds are from Canada, which makes them CANADIAN in my book, even
though they never seem to go back there anymore because it's easier to
leave their poop on our lawns down here. But for some reason you're a
rube if you don't call them CANADA geese.
Following that logic, AMERICAN IDOL should be AMERICA IDOL.
Bite me bite me bite me bite me.
Which gets me to thinking about other names of things. The ones that
backfire. Comiskey Park, which some people insisted on calling CoMINsky
Park was torn down a few years ago. In its place we now have a concrete
and steel monstrosity which, for 20 million hardearned corporate
marketing dollars, was renamed US Cellular Field. Of course, for awhile
a lot of us diehard White Sox fans continued to call the new place
Comiskey. Until everybody started calling it THE CELL. I get
all warm and fuzzy just thinking about how annoyed the corporate
peeps gotta be over that one.
Nyquil's daytime counterpart used to be called DayCare. But everybody
called it DAYQUIL for so long they just gave up and changed the
Power to the people!