The Richmond Register

July 1, 2013

I wonder about these things

By Dick Ham

RICHMOND — I was just thinking the other day about some of the many things I wonder about. Perhaps another way to say that would be things I don’t understand.

I’ve written about this before, and I know some of my friends are reading this and thinking, this is no surprise, he really doesn’t understand very much of anything.

The way some TV and radio personalities pronounce certain words puzzles me. I know we all say things that are not perfectly pronounced, but these are persons who should know better.

Meteorologists provide us with weather reports and predictions. They seldom pronounce meteorologist correctly, nor do those who introduce them. That word has six syllables. It is commonly mispronounced by omitting the third syllable.

The meteorologists speak of hail that may or may not come, but what I hear is hell stones or golfball-sized hell.

I also find it hard to understand when this happens. A meteorologist is making a report and he/she tells us what the current temperature is. That temperature appears on the main screen, but at the same time the temperature appears in a lower corner of the screen and it is different. Why doesn’t someone catch that?

There is a radio commercial advertising a product especially for men. The product is “Ageless Male.” What I hear the announcer say is, “Ageless Mell.” Why doesn’t someone catch that and correct it?

Am I the only one who wonders about the fact that we are told how good olive oil is for us. We are told we should use it in cooking and in dressings etc. If it really is that beneficial, why did Popeye have to eat so much spinach?

I wonder why when we elect a president we have only two candidates but when we elect a Miss America we have 50 candidates.

There are television ads that puzzle me. How can every insurance company provide us with better coverage for a lower price than any other? How can every automobile dealer sell us a better car at a better price than any other?

Another thing I don’t understand. Why is it that food that really doesn’t taste very good is good for me, but food that does taste good is bad for me?

All of us use words together that actually mean the same thing. In each case one word would suffice. Some examples; recur again – sink down – free of charge – successful escape – disappear from view – hoist up – swivel around – merge together – total extinction – and there are many more.

I’ve mentioned signs many times, but they often cause my feeble mind to go into overdrive.

When I see a sign that says, Slow Church Ahead, I immediately wonder, how does a slow church differ from a fast church?

The same is true with a sign that says, Slow Children Playing. Most of the children I know I would describe as being fast.


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