21 June 2008

A Gross error

In the first sentence of a column ramblingly titled "Between viewers and fighters, T.U.F. chooses the former," that even-more-ramblingly and with a pitiful lack of persuasiveness argues that the quality of contestants on Spike TV reality show The Ultimate Fighter has declined because the show's producers have elected to focus more on television than on fighting, SportsIllustrated.com's Josh Gross commits what may or may not be a really terrible grammatical error.

"It's hard to believe more than three years have past since Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar lit up televisions across America during the finale of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter."

According to Merriam-Webster, "past" can be used as either an adjective, a preposition, an adverb, or a noun, but not as a verb.

Thus: Gross is either a radically progressive neoliberal grammarian, or he has committed an error.

My vote: he's committed an error.

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