Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Concerning the Laine Higgins Article on the 2021 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament  in the March 15 Wall Street Journal, at page A14

March 19, 2021 --

The article, third column, above the insert break, includes this observation:

"Neither one of those teams  [UNLV and Duke], however, were crowned NCAA champions."

LPS sees too often articles saying "none were" instead of the precise "none was."  

Here, shouldn't Mr, Higgins have written "Neither one of those teams, however, was crowned NCAA champion"?

And here is another pet peeve …

And here is another pet peeve.  Since when has it become standard to use a cardinal, rather than ordinal, number in referring to anniversaries. 

Doesn't this change create a redundancy in that , as anniversary refers to a yearly ( or annual ) event, saying a "one-year anniversary" really amounts to saying a "one-year yearly event," instead of first anniversary, for the first yearly (or annual) event.   And 25-year anniversary amounts to saying a 25-year yearly event, rather than 25th anniversary for the 25th yearly event.

Is this new usage just sloppy writing, or have we decided that it is not enough to use the ordinal number and anniversary -- we must have, instead, the cardinal number, year, and then anniversary.