Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Further Adventures Of English As A Second Language

A million points for the enthusiasm with which this writer uses the slang word jammy:
Imagine a huge traffic jam caused by a lorry carrying 10,000 jars of jam crashing and disgorging its sticky load all over the motorway and you have an idea how jammy India were at Lord's.

The context: England and India were in the final day of one of those five-day cricket test matches, with England on the verge of winning, when officials decided to call it a day because of the rain. Instead of declaring the team in the lead the winner, in their British-Continental style, officials declared the match a draw.

(Why do I know this? I, uh, watched the highlights.)

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Anonymous KathyF said...

Note also the use of the word "India" as a collective noun, which automatically gets a plural verb.

11:25 AM  

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