Sunday, August 16, 2009

Linguistic Patrol

(And you thought it had been forgot!)

A reminder:
"Iniquity" and "inequity" are not synonyms. Okay?

10 comments:

Joanna said...

Worst one I ever saw? A line about the tsunami that had "ravished" Indonesia, in an article at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Gah.

Roberta X said...

"Oh, Tsunami! Take me!" Yarg.

phssthpok said...

I remember one about a 'fuselage' of bullets.

(Imagines a lead airplane) *snork*...*chortle*...

rickn8or said...

Given the choice, I'll take "iniquity" over "inequity" every time.

Brigid said...

I saw an add in the Daily News in my home town years ago for a "Sadistical Typist".

James E. Griffin said...

The "Sadistical Typist" has worked in the "E" ring of the Pentagon for 17 years, to the horror and dismay of... many.

I was unaware of the recruiting campaign. I fear for the Republic.

Timmeehh said...

Is this an inside joke, cuz I don't get it?

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Iniquity

1 : gross injustice

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inequity

1 : injustice, unfairness

Joanna said...

Tim: Inequety's gross injustice refers to fairness, balance and such-like; iniquity's gross injustice generally refers to sin (see David's many pleas to blot out his iniquities in the Psalms).

Timmeehh said...

So it IS an inside joke, only christians and jews would get.

Roberta X said...

The Left generally believes that all inequity is iniquitous and behaves is thought the two terms were identical, as if a crime is committed when two persons put forth the same amount of effort but one receives a greater return that the other -- never mind that one of them baked an scratch-made apple pie while the other one, with precision, restraint and even a degree of artistry, threw up on the left-hand seat of '74 Corvette.