[Ads-l] "unbeaten" = "once beaten"

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Thu Jul 16 03:04:25 UTC 2015


If Gordon means "unbeaten in 8, one of which was a draw", that is incorrect.  Panama lost to the USA in the final of the 2013 Gold Cup, and has so far played just 3 matches this year.  (The original said "last eight _Gold Cup_ matches".)

If Gordon means "unbeaten in 7 of it last 8 Gold Cup matches, one of which was a tie," I still say an odd usage.  "Panama has won or drawn 7 of its last 8 Gold Cup matches"; or "Panama has not lost in 7 of its last 8 ..."; or "Panama has lost only 1 of its last 8 ...".

Joel

      From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
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Touche'.

But my stylistic point stays valid.

JL

On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 5:46 PM, Gordon, Matthew J. <GordonMJ at missouri.edu>
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> I believe "unbeaten" is accurate here since their record includes a draw.
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> "has been unbeaten" sounds rougher 'n' tougher than a wimpy "has won," or
> even "has been victorious."
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> "Has totally kicked ass," however, will soon be preferred, .
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> JL
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> On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 2:51 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
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> > > On Jul 15, 2015, at 2:05 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
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> > > "Jamaica is unbeaten in seven of its last eight Gold Cup matches ...".
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> > > An equally undefeated team could be "unbeaten in one of its last eight
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> > matches."
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> > > Presumably "has won" is too simple for an AP correspondent.  [Boston =
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> > Globe, today.]
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> > All true, but technically, if "unbeaten" in "unbeaten in 7 of its last 8
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> > Gold Cup matches" really meant "once beaten", they would be 6-2 rather =
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> > than the (I assume) intended 7-1.
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> > Pickily,
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