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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Bad Medicine

From NBC.com's Scrubs page:

J.D. (Zach Braff), Turk (Donald Faison), Elliot (Sarah Chalke) and Carla (Judy Reyes) are asked to recount the past weeks events during and interrogation surrounding the mysterious death of a patient. But Dr. Kelso (Ken Jenkins) will find it hard to pin point neglect when he learns that J.D. and Turk were away tracking down a patient (guest star Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development") to illicit a thank you, Elliot was traumatized over finding out that her make-out buddy was married and Carla was busy recruiting hospital personal for a group lottery purchase.

I am ignoring the lack of an apostrophe in "week's" and "and" instead of "an" in the first sentence, because those are the sort of mistakes that can happen. Shouldn't, on a professionally designed corporate website, but do. However, "pin point"? That's a noun. "Pinpoint" is the verb someone is looking for. (They hyphenated "make-out" correctly: why couldn't they have latched "pin" and "point" together as well?)

Worse, "personal"? "Personnel" isn't even pronounced in the same way; how could anyone make that mistake, unless a really, really bad speller ran their text through a spellchecker and just accepted whatever it threw their way?

But even that's not my biggest beef. "Illicit"? "Illicit"? It's not even a verb, for god's sake. It's not pronounced the same as the intended word, "elicit", or even remotely related to it; the only thing they have in common is that they're both from Latin. "Illicit" comes from "in-", "not" (the "-n-" changed to an "-l-" for the sake of euphony) and "licitus", "lawful". "Elicit", on the other hand, comes from "ex-", "out" (with the "-x-" dropped, again for euphony) and "lacere", "to entice", which is not, as it might appear from the looks of it, related to "lacerate", but which is related to "lace", through a convoluted change in meanings from "entice" to "ensnare" to "snare" to "noose" (thereby also giving us "lasso") to "string", from which lace is made.

"Scrubs" has some pretty good writers. Maybe NBC should lend one of them every now and then to whichever department writes the TV listings.


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