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Your Bad? Your Bad What?


During this past weekend’s high school volleyball tournament in which I officiated, I again was reminded of how the younger generation has its own way of talking, and I’m not so sure it’s always better.

Case in point: Using an adjective as a noun. Specifically, bad.

As any word snob will tell you, bad is an adjective meaning, among other definitions, “poor,” “unfavorable,” “spoiled,” “not sound,” “morally objectionable,” “disagreeable,” “unpleasant,” “disobedient,” “injurious,” “harmful,” “severe” and “unhealthy.”

So, when a volleyball player made a mistake and told her teammate, “My bad,” I wanted to say to her, “Your bad what?” Your bad volleyball playing? Your bad hitting? Your bad digging? Your bad serving?

Since it wouldn’t be professional to actually speak up and ask that, I could only guess it was the time she hit the ball into the net.

I supposed it would have been bad to have asked her what she meant.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

 

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October 29, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

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