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February 04, 2007


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Good one! Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one hearing this "weird" English people speak. The other day I watched BET and the English the VJ on air at the time was speaking sounded like a foreign language to me... and I'm a foreigner! :-D

The proliferation of jock mis-speak is worse than I thought: today a rocket scientist is quoted in the NY Times using that peculiar what-if-some-event-that-happened-in-the-past-didn't-happen present tense construction.

"(NASA's) Mr. Kessler said Western analysts agreed that China’s new satellite fragments would speed the chain reaction’s onset. 'If the Chinese didn’t do the test (last month), it would still happen,' he said. 'It would just happen sooner.'

Dear Mr. Kessler: Next time, say "If the Chinese hadn't done that test, the chain reaction still would happen; it would just happen sooner."


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