Sports announcers use bad grammar

Published: March 23, 2013

Who gave sports announcers the grammatical license to refer to all teams as plural when some teams have a name that's singular, as the Thunder or the Heat? We know that a team is made up of several members but it's still a team (singular). For one who learned grammar in the 1930s, it hurts my ears every time I hear, “the Thunder are.” The weather forecasters refer to thunder quite a bit, but they never say “the thunder are loud.” Most families are made up of several members, but we never say “My family are ...” We say, “My family is ...”

Phyllis Logan, Norman

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