September 26, 2005

Double Negative

Dear International Media Organizations:

Okay, this is the last time I'm going to say this, so pay attention; all of you. I'm looking at you, CNN, and MSNBC.

People protesting war are WAR PROTESTERS. They are not ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS. An anti-war protester would, by the rules set forth in English and grammar, in effect be a war supporter.

So, again, people protesting war are. . . war protesters. They are protesting war. They may be organized by anti-war groups, but once they start actually protesting, the "anti-" should be dropped, like a naked Karen Dejo.

I don't know how to make this any more simple, yet you continually refer to people protesting war as anti-war protesters. Please stop that. Or, alternatively, you can refer to them as pro-war protesters, because that would also be correct.

That is all.

Posted by Ryan at September 26, 2005 01:11 PM | TrackBack

It's got Rove written all over it.

Posted by: seed at September 26, 2005 03:56 PM

An anti-war protester is someone who supports the war, right?

Of course, someone who is an anti-warprotester is against war-protesters.

And an anti-anti-warprotester is someone who is against anti-war-protesters.

My head hurts

Posted by: david at September 26, 2005 04:03 PM

Heh. David, perhaps you want to join my anti-protest movement:

Posted by: Ryan at September 26, 2005 04:10 PM

i think i have to respectfully disagree with your grammar logic.

the hypen in "anti-war" combines the two words into one modifier, that modifier modifying the noun protestor. as in, "anti-war person", "person protesting who is anti-war". i think that is an acceptable use.

Posted by: leblanc at September 27, 2005 01:20 AM

Well, we'll just have to disagree, leblanc. The hyphen doesn't have the magical ability to put any imaginary modifying words in there. And, even if it did, you'd still have "anti-war person protester," which I'm sure you'll notice is protesting anti-war people.

Posted by: Ryan at September 27, 2005 09:14 AM

Maybe they have to narrow it down more this time around because there are actually pro-war protestors counter-protesting the anti-war protestors?

I think that you're technically correct, Ryan. But I think, in the interest of clarity, it makes more sense to leave the anti in front of the war protestor so that people don't confuse the crowd against the war with the crowd against the people who are protesting the war.

Posted by: Johnny Huh? at September 27, 2005 12:59 PM

Ryan, good job. I don't think I paid enough attention, but for got sakes you'd think the media could figure it out. Guess not. Am I that surprised? Not really.

Posted by: Desult at October 3, 2005 11:56 PM
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