Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Ship Lists, Passengers Hurt

I just have to say something about this, because once again, American journalists have demonstrated that they don't give a damn about proper use of the English Language.

What happened to the Crown Princess does qualify as minor emergency, and it is sad that so many people were injured on their cruise vacation. It may even be called a tragedy given there are serious injuries. I don't mean to make light of this. I do mean to take the media to task for not correctly using the language. (That's their job isn't it?)

This Miami Herald article is a good example: MiamiHerald.com | 07/19/2006 | Cruise ship rolls; dozens are hurt The ship did not "roll." The Ship listed.

If a ship rolls, that implies that it has gone completely over - 360° of roll. Capsize is 180° of roll. Pitch pole, means a ship - though it happens to smaller boats, I don't know if it happens to large ships - has gone end over end. None of these things is pleasant. A ship is said to list when it leans over.

Listing is what happened to the Crown Princess cruise ship. This was a serious list, and could have resulted in some of other problems - like sinking or capsize - if enough water had been taken aboard. But it did not roll.

Why do I care? It annoys me to no end when reporters and editors ignore the language. They routinely call vicious criminals (who are killed by law-abiding citizens in self-defense) victims. It is almost as if they don't care about the language. I believe the real issue is really in two parts: Ignorance in some cases, and pushing propaganda in others. We are doing such a poor job of teaching people to be literate that even those who make their living off the written word don't have a clue, and we have produced generations of journalists who believe telling lies to the public is OK as long as it is the right lie. (Or maybe that should be the Left's lie.)

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