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?

2 comments:

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!

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