Sunday, March 27, 2011

Umm, Arianna?

The HuffPo ran a piece of Newt "Serial Adulterer" Gingrich today, and this was the lede:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was asked about how "personal and political baggage" he perceivably carries could affect his chances if he runs for president in the next election cycle in an interview on "Iowa Press" last Friday.
If you want to read the rest of the article, be our guest. If you think that Newt is a morally challenged buffoon with delusions of grandeur, be our friend. But either way, help us to understand why the Huffington Post, which was recently sold to AOL for more money than we can actually imagine, has writers who use the word "perceivably."

Perceptibly, people. Or, if -- as is likely -- you don't really mean that the baggage is "subject to perception" but rather that it has already been perceived, then you could rewrite the sentence. For example, you might say, "Former House Speaker and moral reprobate Newt Gingrich was asked whether the widespread perception that he lies like a rug and then blames his country for it might affect his impending vanity campaign."

Now, one explanation for this stylistic lapse may be the fact that HuffPo doesn't actually pay its writers. We had assumed they simply neglected to pay the big-name bloggers, who were in the game for their own reasons. But maybe this neglect extends all the way down the foodchain, to the poor scrubs who churn out the quickie link-lists. If so, it is easy to guess why AOL put Arianna in charge of the combined organization: she's a business genius. She can perceivably get people to work for free.


Anonymous said...

perceivably = perceptibly + conceivably ?

Father Anonymous said...

In the comics, Luke Cage often says "supposably" for "supposedly." It's a running gag when Brian Michael Bendis writes the series.