[Ads-l] Heard: _perspirate_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 29 17:50:51 EST 2017

Color-guy, U Washington vs. U Arizona basketball game:

"He sweats - *perspirates* - more than any other guy I've ever seen. Maybe
he ought to think about seeing a doctor."

That's a strange hypercorrection in more ways than one. Why did he decide
that "sweats" wasn't good enough? A sudden attack of P.C. because he
realized that he was talking about a black player?


All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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