Monday, February 18, 2008

My Quirky Word Fixation

This is driving me nutty today. In my local newspaper, there was an article regarding a widow and a widower who married. The article stated that they were " both widowed in 2006". Seems to me the better sentence would have been "both lost their spouses in 2006", but since they went with widowed, it's bugging me.

So I looked up "widow" in my spiffy new dictionary, Merriam Webster Collegiate, 11th edition. Much to my surprise, "widow: to cause to become a widow or widower", so maybe it's not all that big a deal. But it still is bugging the daylights out of me.

What about you?


Chia said...

I've often heard it used that way so it didn't bother me.

Kira said...

Didn't bug me either...though the other day I saw 'caucus' used as a verb in a sentence fragment with no subject, and it bugged me to no end!

(Bad Obama ad! Bad!)