Auntie's bloomers

There was a sad story on today's daytime BBC TV news about a bride and her father who were en route to the church in a horse and carriage when the nag bolted, leaving the poor girl with concussion. Fortunately she and her dad have suffered no permanent damage. None of which would be of relevance to this blog, were it not for the reporter's breathless announcement that the nuptials have been "cancelled for the time being".

Makes you wonder what they invented the word "postponed" for. And this from the organisation that has always been widely accepted as an arbiter of correct usage.

1 comment:

Ellen Kozisek said...

I'm guessing the wording is because of both thinking of it as a specific event at a specific time, which is cancelled and rescheduled, rather than postponed, as well as thinking of the getting married, which is merely delayed.