So I’m watching this “Daily Show” ep from about three months ago – and they did a montage of sound bites from various news pukes, including two from Fox “News” bimbos.
One was from the fake blonde with the crazy eyes – the other, from an African-American I’d not seen before (I say African-American – she was barely 30% African – but I guess that’s as close as Fox “News” will EVER get to having an ACTUAL black presenter).
Anyhoo, the 30% African-American presenter said someone had been “u… incivil” – i.e., she had changed the word, mid way through the first syllable, from “uncivil” to “INcivil” – which made me laugh, since I was convinced NEITHER word existed.
But before nominating her for the Sarah Palin Award for playing fast and loose with the English language, I decided to check my facts. And whilst I’ve NEVER used EITHER word – it turns out that “civil” CAN be given a prefix to turn it into an antonym.
The word is “UNcivil”! If the bimbo had just GONE with her first thought, she would have been CORRECT – albeit by sheer, dumb LUCK!
The late, great British newsreader, Andrew Gardner, said it best – “If you suddenly come across something unfamiliar on your autocue, look the viewer straight in the eye and with all the authority you can muster… say the first thing that comes into your head.”
Words to live by. If the Fox “News” bimbo had DONE that – I would never have written this piece!Footnote: the WordPress SpellChecker accepts “uncivil” and rejects “incivil” – ’nuff said.