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An off-kilter look at language | Off Kilter


Last updated 11/24/2021 at 12:11pm

I thought it would be interesting to look at our use of language that might need some clarification. Some of these observations are mine. Some are from notable comedians, such as Rodney Dangerfield, George Carlin, David Brenner, and others.

Let’s start with flying:

I listen carefully to the boarding announcements at the gate: “We will now pre-board those traveling with small children.” What is that? Pre-boarding? Is that boarding before you board?

Then they say: “Rows 30-45 should now get on the plane.” I don’t know about you, but I’d rather get “in” the plane than “on...

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