Civilization, End of
First the Wall Street Journal started doing sports. Now this:
[Starting] this week in The Journal, you will no longer see athletes called "Mr." or "Ms." The paper is reversing its stately, conspicuous tradition of using "honorific" [read honorific, without the scare quotation marks] titles in its sports coverage, entering a dizzy modern age of forward passes, shot clocks, Colin Cowherd sitcoms and jocks being referred to solely by their last name.
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Not everyone will be pleased. . . . The venerable sportswriter Frank Deford went on NPR and compared us with Jane Austen. Austen! (Jason Gay, "No More Mr. (Or Ms.) Nice Guy," Wall Street Journal, February 22, 2011)
Jane Austen. That was an insult, I suppose
Roll / Role
Using humor and going after buzz can be risky for auto advertisers because cars are big-ticket items where safety plays an important roll [read role] in the purchase, ad experts say. (Emily Steel, "At Super Bowl, Many Ads Fail to Score, Wall Street Journal, February 7, 2011)
The Wall Street Jounral! How the mighty have fallen.