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Buck's English: Sportscasterization of the language can be memorable

Gene Owens: Adding “ization” to an existing word doesn't make it a new word.
BY GENE OWENS, For The Oklahoman Published: January 26, 2014

James Clark, of Ardmore, stopped by Curly's Soonerco for the refuelization of his car and to reminisce about Marzee Douglass, a longtime educator who for decades was the public-address announcer at football games for the Ardmore Tigers.

“On one occasion,” Jim said, “an AHS ball carrier was in the clear, but tripped and fell. No opponent was in sight. Marzee promptly announced, ‘Cohee is down by self-tacklelization.'”

Jim added: “Marzee's been gone 12 years now and people here still quote him.”

Buck would bet they do, James. The sports broadcast booth has been the source of many grammatical atrocities, but Buck reckons this one is worthy of memory.

Miss Prunella Pincenez probably gritted her teeth over this conversion of a verb into a noun. Such conversions happen frequently. When a task is programmed into a computer, it has been computerized. One might describe the process as “computerization.” The very audacity of “tacklelization” — coming from an educated speaker — recommends it to the memory, though it's unlikely to make it into common usage.

If Marzee had been allowed a few minutes to compose his thoughts, he might have said, “Cohee tackled himself.” But they wouldn't still be talking about it in Ardmore.

“We're looking forward to the national championization of the Oklahoma Sooners,” Floyd said.

“At least the Alabamazation of the Bowl Championship has been interrupted,” Gopher said.

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