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Grammar gaffes of Olympic proportions

Posted by Maria Murnane | August 13, 2012

I’m so sad the Olympics are over. I absolutely love watching them. Gymnastics? Incredible. Swimming? Unbelievable. Diving? Don’t get me started! For two weeks I spent many hours being dazzled by athletes in a variety of sports. It’s simply amazing what they’re able to do with their bodies.

During all those perfect performances, however, I was subjected to a lot of imperfect grammar from athletes, coaches, and commentators alike. Following are examples of some of the types of blunders I heard:

Commentator: “Her and the other central defender have great chemistry.”

Should have said: “She and the other central defender have great chemistry.”

Swimmer: “I knew it was going to be a tight race. They always are, between him and I.”

Should have said: “I knew it was going to be a tight race. They always are, between him and me.”

Coach: “There’s kids sitting in front of the TV now, girls that want to be Missy Franklin.”

Should have said: “There are kids sitting in front of the TV now, girls who want to be Missy Franklin.”

Commentator: “This time her and the other forward were very close together.”

Should have said: “This time she and the other forward were very close together.”

And the GOLD MEDAL for most egregious grammar gaffe goes to a soccer commentator. In the Olympic spirit of good sportsmanship in this post, this commentator, along with the other offenders, shall remain nameless.

She said: “This is a great opportunity for she and her teammates to make a statement.”

Should have said: “This is a great opportunity for her and her teammates to make a statement.”

I can forgive athletes or coaches for making the above mistakes, but professional commentators? Come on! If you’re going to get paid to speak on TV, there’s no excuse for bad grammar.

-Maria

This blog post originally appeared on CreateSpace.com. Reprinted with permission. © 2012 CreateSpace, a DBA of On-Demand Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.

 

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