April 15, 2018
I received a flyer in the mail today with the welcome news that I was “pre-qualified” to obtain a home equity loan.
“Pre-qualified”? Wasn’t I just… um… QUALIFIED??
George Carlin did a bit in which he raged (in somewhat indelicate terms) at the use of the prefix “pre.” As he pointed out, you don’t pre-heat an oven. You don’t pre-board an airplane. You don’t pre-record a television program. And, whatever I was, I wasn’t “pre-qualified.”
My rant continues. I also heard a radio ad imploring listeners to listen “to this important public announcement.” It’s on the radio. Of COURSE it’s “public.” What else could it be?
And don’t get me started on people who continue to use the term “beg the question” when they mean “raise the question,” a misuse I heard on NPR just today.
End of rant.
If I had ranted earlier, would that have been a “pre-rant”?