It isn’t difficult for me to find something cringe-worthy on cable news. All I have to do is turn on the TV and wait five minutes.
This afternoon it was MSNBC’s David Shuster pronouncing sword with an audible w. And not just once but three or four times in rapid succession, so I know I wasn’t misunderstanding. The man doesn’t know the w in sword is silent! It’s pronounced “sord.” Who doesn’t know that!?
Of course now that he’s a big daytime TV anchor, nobody’s going to pssst in his ear and correct him. Anchors don’t get to be anchors without having a command of the language, right?
Sigh. It’s not my fight anymore. I’m retired. I’m no longer being paid to correct other people’s use and abuse of the language. I just wish I could stop cringing and being so OCD when the abuse continues. Old habits die hard — apparently along with old educations.