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Odd News Story (#petpeeves)

January 28, 2018

I saw a story yesterday morning on one of the local Twin Cities news stations and parts of it struck me as odd, or maybe just wrong.

They were covering the beginning of both the Super Bowl week in Minneapolis and the Winter Carnival in St. Paul and they cut to a reporter live in St. Paul where ice sculptors were working on pieces for the Ice Sculpture Garden in Rice Park and the reporter referred first to a “young lady” working on a piece and then to a “gentleman” working on another piece and that struck me as sort of odd. Why is the woman a “young lady” and if she is, then why isn’t the man “young man”? And if the male is a “gentleman“, then why isn’t the female a “woman”? Maybe I wouldn’t have noticed the language choices if not for the recent sexual harassment stories and the #metoo movement, but I did and I didn’t like them.

For the second half of the story they cut to a reporter covering Super Bowl events in downtown Minneapolis and she ended her segment by referring to how we do things in “The Bold North” (which, judging by the number of times the phrase has been used every day for the three months is apparently our new city/state nickname) and the outdoor events on the Nicollet Mall. That last part – talking about the events on the Nicollet Mall would have been OK had she not mispronounced the word “Nicollet” by putting the accent on the last syllable (NicoLLET) rather than using the correct pronunciation with the accent on the first syllable (NICollet). Obviously the reporter isn’t a native so after I welcome her to Minnesota… er, I mean The Bold North, I have to say that I think anyone – indoors or outdoors – covering Minnesota events should at least be someone from the area (translation: from The Bold North), and if that’s not possible, then coached or tutored in how to speak like a native Minnesotan before going on the air, ‘ya know?

That’s it from The Bold North. I’m now going to sit back and see what happens when 1 million people descend on this city in the upcoming days. I’m guessing it’ll be something like this.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2018 10:34 am

    Yup ,they were broadcasting from St. Paul, all right. You bethcha.
    I’m planning on stocking up on thriller novels, corn chips & hummus, with a bottle of Malbec, and avoiding the whole Rah-Rah thing. Mostly…

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 29, 2018 3:48 pm

      I think you have a good plan in place and I wish you luck! I think it’s going to be impossible to not have some of that Rah-Rah thing spill over into even the most hunkered down of plans.

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