September 17, 2004
Can I Have Her Job?
Channel-surfing just now, I found someone named Morgan Felchner telling Bill O'Reilly her deep thoughts on the latest polls. This is from memory, but close to word-for-word:
A 13-point lead is incredible! And I don't think I believe it myself.
There was no hint that she was making an etymological pun. Apparently you can be an election commentator today without knowing the meaning of basic words like 'incredible'.
Posted by Dr. Weevil at September 17, 2004 11:13 PM
Living in a household of yoots, it took me a couple-three seconds to get what you were getting at.
When I say "literally" it's only a figure of speech
Like most of us, our definition of "incredible" came from the hit TV show: "That's Incredible!". It's like, so incredible!
I don't think anyone in the Media knows what decimate means. The term is used for anything from a football score to a tornado track which leaves nothing standing. I would bet most of these folks have a degree in something, but it certainly can't be English.
"Felchner"? Nah, gotta be a fake surname.