Friday, June 03, 2005

Who writes this crap?
From a CNN.com, AP report:

Is Dave Chappelle back?

The AWOL comedian dropped in unannounced at two popular comedy clubs Thursday night, saying he had just arrived in Los Angeles and felt like performing, Daily Variety reported Friday.
AWOL, for those that may not be aware, is a military acronym for the term Absent WithOut Leave, or sometimes Absent Without Official Leave (via Wikipedia). I know they're just trying to be cute and grab people's attention, but AWOL is a very specific term that does not refer simply to someone that's been missing for a while. Chappelle did not need permission to take his spiritual journey, and therefore cannot be considered AWOL.

The AP (or CNN, whoever is responsible) needs to avoid misappropriating words to suit their needs.

2 comments:

Tanstaafl said...

In fairness, he was absent, and he didn't have any sort of official leave. I think that satisfies the conditions of Absent Without Official Leave.

Dave Justus said...

AWOL is commonly used in this way, for anyone who is unaccounted for.

While you may deplore this use of the term, it is common parlance and blaming the media for using it in this way isn't really fair.