March 07, 2010

"And the winner is..."

If you're watching the Oscars tonight, you will notice something. No, I'm not talking about Charlize Theron's breast shields (although they are kind of hard not to notice). What is noticeable in terms of linguistics is that after many years of non-competitive language, the Oscars have winners again, they don't just "go to" someone anymore. I'm not sure if this switch is supposed to tell us something deep about the movie industry. It definitely leads to some awkward grammar moments: "And the winner is .... Paul Ottoson and Ray Beckett."

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