Cathy Viera said her husband of 17 years had mental health problems for a long time. Since his release from the Bristol County House of Correction this week after a sentence for drunk driving and breaking and entering, he had exhibited strange behavior, such as talking to himself.
Apparently driving drunk and pulling a B&E are not strange behavior, but talking to one's self is strange behavior.
I continued to be amazed at the poor contstruction, grammar, word choice and neutrality of the "news" coming out of Boston on the AP-Wire.
This next bit is from a AP wire story about "Mucko", the alleged office shooter:
They will present evidence that he planned the shootings as revenge for the company's plan to garnishee his wages to pay back taxes he owed to the IRS
Like Bill Waterson said, "Verbing weirds language." Not quite duckspeak or newspeak, but perhaps an attempt to fulfill the following: (from the above linked essay)
Two of my favorite philosophers, Calvin and Hobbes were discussing language one day. Calvin said, "I like to verb words." "What?" asked Hobbes. "I take nouns and adjectives and use them as verbs. Remember when 'access' was a thing? Now it's something to do. It got verbed. Verbing weirds (sic) language." Hobbes commented "Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding."
I'm currently working on my first longer essay for the blog, for now titled "So, you want to be an armchair media critic." Stories like these take the challenge out of punditry.