Sunday, May 30, 2010

Season in Review: Fox - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Remember when FOX couldn’t compete on Thursday nights against juggernauts like Survivor, CSI, and Grey’s Anatomy? For years, the network struggled and struggled. Boy those days are over!

Finally, FOX has found its winning formula on Thursday nights with Bones and Fringe. Did you know Bones BEAT Survivor on a few occasions this season? It happened, well deserved may I add.

If you'd like to find out what TVDoneWright considered the Bad and the Ugly, go here.

Learning English with 'Bones'

This is only remotely related to the show, but it has been a slow news week so we figured we'd share. :-)

'You say 'shined', I say 'shone'

Once in a while, like a tickle in the back of the throat, the repetition of an unusual word or form will create discomfort. The discomfort is not always rational. The word may fall into the category of unfamiliar rather than incorrect. Millions of people may happily use it. That it has the same effect on my inner ear as chewing metal foil would on my teeth probably says more about me than about the word. Still, off to the hunt.

The tickle this time is an increasing tendency orally and in print to use the past participle “shined” instead of “shone.” As an example, a magazine piece on the forensic-detective show Bones said the fourth season wasn’t the best “for Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel), but John Francis Daley shined as brilliant, put-upon Sweets, the Rodney Dangerfield of shrinks.”

It's a really interesting and fun read, so go check it out!

As an aside, which word or phrase has made its way into your vocabulary after you've learned it from 'Bones'?

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