deannie: Don't Bother Me (GEN-grammar)

I hate certain constructs that have become commonplace and vernacularly correct in recent times. These constructs are not only imprecise, but often completely contradictory in their relationship to their intended meanings.

Example number one: The Avalanche will celebrate its Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night...
Okay, so this is more a question of parsing the sentence correctly, but it does make me say--for one brief second--"Why are we encouraging hockey fans to fight cancer awareness? Don't we want more cancer awareness, not less?"

Example number two: "Would you like to donate $1 to prostate cancer?"
Um, no. No, in fact, I find prostate cancer to be a vile and horrible thing. The last thing I want to do is give it money!

I do realize that the world is about shorthand (hence my own habit of saying things like "D'you wanna go with?"), but... but....

I don't know. It just bugs me, is all!

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