Friday, December 2, 2011

I Take Offense

Open the centerfold of the Nov. 7, 2011, issue of Sports Illustrated and you will see Peter King's NFL midseason all-pro team. Read closely and you will see an error.

Wide receiver Steve Smith plays for the Carolina Panthers. Carolina has trouble scoring. Its offense, in a sense, is offensive. So is using the word offensives instead of offenses.

The best defense against improper word usage? A good offense, of course.

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