For as long as we’ve lived in the Fox Valley, my family has enjoyed the Appleton Christmas Parade. This year, we decided to watch the parade from home on TV. Setting aside the fact that the “color commentary” was about as colorful as a stack of charcoal, I cringed when one commentator said how much he liked a Renaissance-style group that had everything including “court gestures.”
Now I suspect he was referring to the court jesters – old English jokesters employed to provide humor in the kings’ courts, and not gestures – nonverbal communications using motions or signals to convey feeling or emotion. Honest mistake? For a TV anchor? Sure…like an expert roofer using the wrong kind of nails.
I realize that new communication platforms such as tweeting and texting have given way to new forms of “language.” When I turn on the TV, though, is it too much to expect of people being paid what I suspect is a rather large sum of money to do little more than communicate, to be able to do so with a vocabulary beyond that of a third grader?
– Dear Mr. Commentator: please ask Santa for a dictionary for Christmas.
– Dear TV Station: please ask Santa for a commentator that doesn’t sound like a jester.
– Dear Santa: please brin