April 6, 2012

Woolly...

... mammoth.

(Note to CNN editors: "broadcasted" is not a word. Or is it... now?)

14 comments:

leslyn said...

If a broadcaster/or broadcasts, then it's broadcast yesterday was broadcasted.

SGT Ted said...

Are they going to prosecute the hunter-gatherers for killing an endangered species?

rhhardin said...

Child: My teacher holded the baby rabbits and we patted them.

Linguist: Did you say your teacher held the baby rabbits?

Child: Yes.

Linguist: What did you say she did?

Child: She holded the baby rabbits and we patted them.

Linguist: Did you say she held them tightly?

Child: No, she holded them loosely.

Arnold Zwicky _Mistakes_ p.25

David said...

Bully.

Scott M said...

Are they going to prosecute the hunter-gatherers for killing an endangered species?

Wasn't it something like a 1/3 of all land mammals disappeared shortly after the "native" Americans came over the land bridge from Russia? That doesn't get talked about much.

Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) said...

The good news is this animal provides more DNA for an attempted revival of the species via cloning. Successful revival will depend upon at least a minimal level of genetic diversity; I'd imagine eventually at least five (and much better) fifteen individuals.

Rob said...

Did they say the mammoth got into a scuffle or into a souffle?

Scott M said...

Did they say the mammoth got into a scuffle or into a souffle?

The hunter-gatherers' lack of non-stick pans points towards a scuffle.

edutcher said...
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edutcher said...

I think broadcasted may be archaic, associated with the sowing of seed.

YMMV.

But using cast as the past tense is all I've ever heard.

Broadcasted, or casted, may be just the general dumbing down of the language over the last 40 years.

EDH said...

Maybe they meant to say... broadcastrated?

That's got to hurt! Man has scrotum TORN 'by girlfriend' during violent row

Will Cate said...

The past-tense of broadcast is broadcast. Much in the same way "cast" is the past-tense of "cast."

"They cast their nets into the sea."

Scott M said...

In industry jargon, "cast" is a noun used to describe, usually, a single segment in a bigger show. "My cast" might be said by the station's weather man referring to his particular slice of the upcoming prime time news. It is usually not used for non-news segments. For example, in music radio, driven by music news and comedy for the most part segments are usually called "bits".

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