The other evening, late,much to my delight, on scanning through the programs on the idiot box, I saw “A Man and His Music” starting at 10:30pm. Now, not feeling a complete ‘vidiot’, the thought of an hours (including the inevitable ad breaks) real entertainment, from a real entertainer was not to be missed. So I was all prepared to relax and enjoy.
But of course, something as simple as this is not to be tolerated by the TV programmers!
At 10:24pm the program preceding Mr Sinatra finished, and I hit the mute button as I did not want to listen to 5 minutes or more of ads. The ads themselves are bad enough; but this time there was something different, something called a ‘Sneak Peak’, their capital letters not mine! And what was this ‘Sneak Peak’? A promo for this ‘program’ called, you’ve guessed it ‘The Bachelorette’.
there is no such word in the English language.
Before anybody starts upbraiding me about evolving language let me be quite clear, making up words by some idiot in the media does not constitute evolving language but constitutes the bastardization and prostitution of the language.
Adding the suffix ‘ette’ to a word in the first instance means making smaller, eg: kitchen/kitchenette, cigar/cigerette; 2nd)imitation or substitute eg: leather/ leatherette, flannel/flannelette; and thirdly female usher/usherette.
A bachelor is an unmarried man; of course a woman can be a bachelor, as in Bachelor of Arts, she is not a bachelorette of arts, for the simple reason that the word does not exist! The term ‘bachelor girl’ has been used to signify an unmarried woman; BUT NEVER BACHELORETTE until now, at the whim of some unscrupulous money hungry smart arse unconscionable unprincipled person!
To say that I’m disgusted and angry doesn’t approach the way I feel about this, it’s not smart, it’s not clever, it’s just downright laziness on the part of the programs writers, producers and directors to come up with an appropriate word for this show, which I understand, is what they like to refer to as a spin-off from the original show, called funnily enough “The Bachelor”!
Might I suggest that this rubbish / soft porn ( I sat there for the full 5 minutes or so waiting for Mr S.,and that is how it appeared to me) show be retitled “The Spinster”, after all that is a perfectly good word and means an unmarried woman, would you believe.