verbing ol é

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jul 28 00:34:19 UTC 2011

On Jul 27, 2011, at 3:44 PM, victor steinbok wrote:

> Umpire Jerry Meals on his blown call at the Atlanta-Pittsburgh game:
> “I saw the tag, but he looked like he oléd him and I called him safe for
> that. I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the
> shin area. I’m guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when
> it happened I didn’t see a tag. I just saw the glove sweep up. I didn’t see
> the glove hit his leg.”
> Most stories copied the quote as is, although some dropped the diacritics.
> To add a twist, Fox Radio site changed the verb:

Maybe to avoid endorsing the use of a foreign (not to say alien) word like "olé"?


> "I saw the tag, but he looked like he [missed] him and I called him safe for
> that..."
> The same reading found its way on at least one radio station's site, but
> they might have just picked it up from Fox.

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