More weird sportscasterese
James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Sun Apr 21 22:47:03 UTC 2002
In a message dated 04/21/2002 5:54:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET writes:
> It is the very common usage, esp. in basketball announcing (where the score
> can change so quickly), "within", as in "they have now got it to within
> (i.e., if the score is, say, 57-56). Clearly, the score cannot be "within
> one". Yet announcers, even those as experienced as Dick Enberg, use this
> often. The usage can be with differences in score of more than one point,
> but it seems always to be used when the difference is actually the number
> points stated after "within". The usage is illogical, it seems to me, but
> it is out there.
I don't see it as illogical, merely an ellipsis: "within n points of being
tied" or "within n points of getting into the lead".
- James A. Landau
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