While I was almost watching the news and browsing through Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words, a TV reporter said, “The White House said… .”
I’m almost certain Bryson would agree that the White House is inanimate and inanimate objects cannot have said as in spoken. I am sure news listeners and readers have also heard or read, “The Pentagon said… – Scotland Yard commented,… – The Kremlin replied…”
Well, back to “Inanimate said, …”
Some readers (no I don’t know who or where you are) might consider it political if I say I don’t trust any content of ‘The White House said.’
Since 1800 reporters have claimed that the White House said something. Are there audible ghosts inside the cornerstone laid on October 13, 1792?”
Can we give any level of credibility to a reporter who quotes a building or yard?
Now and then I’ve heard, “A White House representative said, “…””
How is it that a building is being represented? OK! I fully understand the reporter meant, “A representative from the…”
But wouldn’t it be more credible if the reporters said something like, “Abigail Adams, advisor to her husband said…”
Someone please take away my spoon, I may have stirred enough.
My current opinion is that I should avoid stating my opinions so, no one gets a feeling that I’m presenting a deliberate misinterpretation of an opinion related or unrelated to a fact or other opinion. As my octogenarianism continues, my mind wanders as I wonder. Or could it be that my mind wonders as I wander?