Archive for December, 2010

Postpone is not the same as Cancel

Monday, December 27th, 2010

I am so tired of reporters saying that a football game has been cancelled and will now be played on Tuesday. The game was not cancelled. If it had been cancelled it would never be played. It has been postponed which means it will still be played. It will just be played at a different time than originally scheduled.

It’s not just reporters of course. I hear this mistake on a regular basis but news people should understand words. Words matter. Using the right word enhances communication and that is what reporters should largely be about.

Arrg, there – I just screamed on the Internet. Smile