More ways that language goes horribly, horribly wrong
Over the weekend, we saw the running (or slogging) of the Kentucky Derby, so it makes sense to talk about a particular misuse that slips past a lot of people: “If you have an open bar,” one might say, “it’ll increase the odds of a good turnout.”
Ummm, not so much.
It would actually improve the chances for a good turnout, which means lowering or decreasing the odds. The higher the odds, the less the likelihood of something happening. If the odds are 2-to-1, it’s far more likely to happen than something with 10-to-1 or 50-to-1 odds.
Then again, the longer you’ve been at an open bar, the better the chances you’ll bet on a 50-to-1 shot. And that worked out at last year’s Derby. Another mint julep, please!
We’ve all heard (or read) this: “My future plans include …” Yeeesh. Guess those “future plans” would be based on one’s “past experience.” A lot of people who know better still perpetrate these two doozies. That’s why editors have job security.