Monday, June 18, 2012

Bob Brenly, Grammarian

All Starlin Castro needed Sunday night for the cycle was a home run. As you can probably intuit from the fact that you didn't hear about it, he didn't get it. He did sock one tonight off Zach Stewart, though, and in describing it WGN broadcaster Bob Brenly endeared himself to copy editors everywhere, as he said, "That ball just kept going further and further—I mean, farther and farther!"

As grammar nerds nationwide know, "further" is used in the sense of "something additional," while "farther" should be used whenever there is any connotation of distance. I have nothing further to add, except that I never really realized how much Brenly looks like a middle-school vice principal.

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