Thursday, June 11, 2009

You want me to do *what* now?


Perhaps I'm just in a rather snarky and overly picky mood--it could have something to do with the sleep deprivation that stems from being all riled up from watching the 11-innings-long Phillies/Mets game and then not being able to actually sleep after it was over--but what is with the phrase "Assure yourself of the hottest games of the year..."?

I'm not gonna go as far as to say it's wrong, exactly, but I do think it's awkward as hell. First of all, I think starting off the sentence with "Assure yourself of..." just sounds weird. Perhaps if they'd said "Assure yourself of obtaining tickets to...", I'd be more OK with it, but still. I just hate the way it sounds. Clarity's a big part of good writing, and this phrase is rather...murky. I just keep looking at it and thinking, "Assure yourself of what? Doesn't there need to be something else added to that sentence to make it sound like it makes sense?" Or am I mistaken and this is actually some sort of commonly-used phrasing that I just haven't heard before?

Since I'm sort of on the topic of baseball and Phillies, I'd like to wish a happy birthday to Red Pen, Inc. reader LIEBCHEN. Like me, she's a Phillies fan who no longer lives in Philly--and is, in fact, also living in an area whose baseball team is inferior to our beloved World Phucking Champions. I'm hoping the Phillies can win tonight's game against the Mets--that would make me quite happy, and it would also be a great birthday gift for LIEBCHEN, wouldn't it?

11 comments:

Liebchen said...

Thanks for the birthday shout out! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for another win tonight!

Bridgete said...

It is awkward. I'm sure I've heard uses of "assure yourself..." but I don't think it works here. And it really does need a reference to the tickets. You can watch the "hottest games" from your couch...you're just not AT the game. But I'm pretty sure you're still "assured" of the existence of the game and the ability to watch it...

Dave said...

This is actually an advertisement for Phorn. Phorn is what you get when you watch a hot, action packed Phillies game on an lcd tv in high-definition, resulting in elevated levels of 'excite'.

Kendahl, Stepmom Extraordinaire said...

Just wanted to stop by and let you know I nominated you for an award on my blog. :)

http://stepmomextraordinaire.blogspot.com/2009/06/awards-im-honored.html

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Liebchen: You're welcome! Let's go, Phillies! :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Bridgete: Oh, good--I'm glad I'm not the only one who found this phrasing to be crazy awkward. Phew! :) (I was afraid I was being overly picky...)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Dave: AWESOME PHRASE. :) I'm gonna start using that term...

Also, I think Cole Hamels must be the Jenna Jameson of "phorn." LOL!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Stepmom Extraordinaire: Thanks so much for thinking of me! :)

mama grammarphile said...

Lucky Grammarphile! You will be able to experience "Phorn" when you visit us! Try to contain your "excite" in front of us though. We are getting old, you know.
Love you.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hahahaha! Well, luckily I will be meeting Lidge and Victorino at ALS Night. I like them, but since I don't think they're all that cute, nobody needs to worry. HowEVER, with my spare autograph ticket, I'd really like to meet Ryan Madson. There is also the distinct possibility that when I meet him, I will grab on to one of his legs and not want to let go. You've been warned! :)

Maybe I will get lucky and Hamels will be pitching at the Sunday game we'll be at. I already pity Lisa--I might frighten her...haha!

LadyStyx said...

Happy Birthday Liebchen!