Thursday, September 4, 2008

"One night, when you're all sleeping in your rooms…the gingers are gonna getcha!"



I saw this headline and I stared at it. And stared. And then stared some more. It just didn't look right. It looked really, really weird, in fact. I'd heard of people being treated, or treating someone else, gingerly. But was "ginger treatment" a correct term to describe this sort of behavior?

First I turned to Google. There, I found a whole lot of information about homeopathic remedies and how ginger treatment can, like, be part of cancer treatment or something. Then I turned to BRETT, because he's smart, and asked him if the "ginger treatment" in this headline really was as screwy as I thought it was, and he confirmed that because "ginger" is not a synonym for "delicate," the writer's word usage is indeed wrong. (And what about this quote in the second paragraph--"To be very honest with you, I don't think he expected gingerly treatment"? Isn't that usage kinda screwy, too? Ugh. My head hurts...)


Then the more I thought about the various uses of the word ginger, the more I was reminded of that South Park episode about "ginger kids", and then I couldn't get these crazy faces outta my head...


Hat tip to BRETT for his help with this post!

6 comments:

Jon said...

The ginger community frowns upon your shenanigans.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

"Shenanigans" is one of my Favorite. Words. EVER! :)

Editrix said...

Yeah, that headline's definitely weird. It immediately made me think of "South Park." What is it about Palin that provokes awkward-sounding headlines?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Okay, good--I thought I was warped for thinking of that South Park episode when I saw this headline. At least if I'm warped, I'm in good company! :)

moooooog35 said...

I bet Gilligan got the Ginger treatment.

mandyannemurray said...

Even though I'm not British, when I hear the word ginger I automatically think of red-headed people. It's due, I believe, to a hilarious skit Catherine Tate (recently Donna Noble on Dr. Who) did about ginger refugee camps.

Shenanigans is one of my favorite words too. I just want to run around calling "Shenanigans" all day long. Because one could certainly do that in this world.