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Captions Capture Mistake


I love closed captions. I’m getting older and my hearing isn’t getting better, so captions ensure I catch every word — and every mistake the caption writers make.

Like this one I saw recently on an episode of “Criminal Minds:” As the scene played out, sans dialogue, music washed across my ears. It was pleasant, too, until I saw the caption.

It said instrumental music.

Redundant, I thought, for instrumental means “relating to, composed for, or performed on a musical instrument.” And what does a musical instrument make? Music, of course.

Unless the player doesn’t know how to play the instrument. Then it’s noise.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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February 2, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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