Thursday, September 18, 2008

A misspelling doubleheader...

Hmmm. If McLouth is swigging--as opposed to swinging--his bat, perhaps that explains why the Pirates' season has been in the toilet for quite some time...

(On a random note, I like McLouth and feel bad that he's gotta deal with typos hangin' out by his pretty face. I didn't even know who McLouth was until the final few innings of this year's All-Star Game, when I noticed his pretty blonde hair and decided that maybe, just maybe, this is the one Pirate worth watching. Superficial, perhaps--but in terms of talent and looks of the Pirates, you really can't tell me it's not true...)

And then...


I don't know what's more appalling here: the writer's misspelling of the word definitely, or his use of the word hurler. When I think of a hurler, I think of somebody yakking, tossing their cookies, etc. I don't think of a pitcher. I know that pitchers hurl the ball, but I still don't think of thm as hurlers. Maybe that's just me and my weird mind at work, so I ask this question to the other baseball fans out there--is hurler a common term to use in place of pitcher? Am I silly for thinking the term's a little retarded, or is hurler really a silly-sounding term?

6 comments:

aramink said...

From Medicinenet.com:

Syndrome, Hurler: An inherited error of metabolism in which there is deficiency of the enzyme alpha-L-iduronidase which normally breaks down molecules called mucopolysaccharides. Without the activity of this enzyme, there is an abnormal accumulation of mucopolysaccharides in the tissues of the body.

From the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary:


Main Entry:
hurl Listen to the pronunciation of hurl
Pronunciation:
\ˈhər(-ə)l\
Function:
verb
Inflected Form(s):
hurled; hurl·ing Listen to the pronunciation of hurling \ˈhər-liŋ\
Etymology:
Middle English
Date:
13th century

intransitive verb1: rush , hurtle2: pitch 5a, b3: vomittransitive verb1: to send or thrust with great vigor the forces that were to be hurled against the Turks — N. T. Gilroy2: to throw down with violence3 a: to throw forcefully : fling hurled the manuscript into the fire hurled myself over the fence b: pitch 2a4: to utter with vehemence hurled insults at the police
synonyms see throw
— hurl noun
— hurl·er Listen to the pronunciation of hurler \ˈhər-lər\ noun


From Answers.com:


n.

One who hurls, or plays at hurling.

From the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia:

hurling

Irish sport resembling both field hockey and lacrosse. It is played between two 15-player teams. The game is mentioned in Irish manuscripts dating back to the 13th century BC. The stick used — a tapered, slightly curved device with a cupped blade at the end — is called a hurley. A point is scored by hitting the ball over the crossbar of the opposing team's goalposts, and three points are scored by driving it under the crossbar. It is considered the national pastime of Ireland.


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This is so confusing it makes me want to hurl. Quick - give me a swig of that seltzer. Ahhh... that settled my queasiness.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Damn! Who knew "hurler" was such a complicated word?!? :)

Becky said...

"Swig the hot bat" sounds dirty.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Damn right. And there are certain ballplayers whose bats I'd swig anytime! LOL.

Becky said...

Swig could also be the name of one of Sarah Palin's children.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hahaha...yeah, seriously! Her kids have the screwiest names. Yikes!