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January 13, 2009

Oprah's inventing new words

Posted by : Michael Lund

Nice to see Tom Cruise actually sitting on a sofa this time as he chats with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah with Tom Cruise

Oprah with Tom Cruise

But it is not Cruise's antics that are a cause for concern.

It's Oprah. She's inventing words as she chats with the actor.

The interview was recorded in May 2008 at Cruise's home in Telluride, Colorado, and he's telling Oprah about his frustration that his wife Katie Holmes' midnight pregnancy test was leaked within 12 hours.

Part of the conversion is transcribed in "Tom on the Paparazzi".

Tom: ... Kate and I looked at each other and went,
"Man, I thought I was good setting this up."

Oprah: Cause what? You went in the middle of the night to get
the pregnancy test?

Tom: We went in the middle of the night. Kate and I … we're
very excited. It's such a private moment. … And we sat down, we
thought, "All right, now what are we going to do?"

Oprah: Cause you know it's going to be a zoo. You already know

What is this word "Cause"? Surely she means " 'cause", an apostrophe
to show the word is a shortened "because"?

Okay so Oprah's technically not to blame; it's the wag who penned the
transcript for the website that should be forced to double-check the
language for any glaring errors.

A quick look at any dictionary and the wag would have discovered that
"cause" already has a bunch of acceptable meanings, including to
"produce an effect" or "any subject of a discussion or debate".

Perhaps Oprah should take up a new cause to correct sloppy
use of language, both spoken and written.

PS - Any language errors on this page (and entire blog for that
matter), including spelling and grammar, should be viewed as
intentional and considered a touch of irony by the author.

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