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Things That Bug Me: Commentators

Written By: der5er - Oct• 30•07

Not the commentators themselves.  They don’t bug me.  Well, they do, but that isn’t my point here.  I’m bugged by the word commentator.

I mean, do we really need this word?  I know commentator is a real word, but I think in most cases it could be replaced by the much simpler commenter.  It sounds like it has an extra syllable in there.  At least a commenter can comment on something.  Can a commentator commentate?  That sounds even more awkward.

This wouldn’t normally bug me so much that I would write about it, but every afternoon on my drive home, our local talk radio station invites me to be a ‘listener commentator.’ In radio, where time is money, why waste time on an extra syllable when ‘commenter’ will do just as well?

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. What words bug you?

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