Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Mount or Mounted?

It was very late. I was waiting up to hear President Obama speak. So there were local news bits inserted to fill the time. Despite my blurried state, I'm reasonably certain that the good people of South Dakota have elected a woman to the Public Utilities Commission who does not understand the difference between Calvary and cavalry. The first of which is a Mount, outside Jerusalem's walls, where according to Christian belief is the site of the crucifixion of Jesus. Cavalry, on the other hand, is a military term that describes the part of an army composed of mounted troops. These are very different things. I know this shouldn't bother me, but I was an English major. It should bother me more that she has vowed to fight on behalf of the citizens of this state against the tyrannical rule of the FCC and EPA. My concern is that if she doesn't grasp the difference between Mount and mounted, can she possibly grok federal regulations? The FCC has certainly done some questionable things, but I am firmly on the side of the EPA. I am, after all, a pagan tree-hugger. Who knows very well that cavalry and Calvary are not interchangeable.


colleen said...

Has she indicated her stance on N-U-C-U-L-A-R energy? Bush made me cringe every time he massacred that word. Then again, Bush kinda made me cringe, period.

Bellona of Avalon said...

That was among the least of the things Bush did that made me cringe. He was eminently cringeworthy.

Right up there with people who say ree-la-tor and jew-ler-ey.