The Phrase Freak: Specific Timetable

Non-specific bus timetableThis is a phrase you hear more and more, particularly in the broadcast media, but the print world is guilty of it as well.

For example, I Googled the phrase in a news search yesterday, and got 850 results, including such august publications as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. To be fair, I was sent to Google after hearing it on CBC (radio) news recently.

A timetable, by it’s very nature, is specific. Otherwise, it is quite useless, as evidenced by the “non-specific” timetable I’ve created for the fictional Godot Buslines.

Freak level on this phrase: 7 gobsmacks out of 10.

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3 Responses to The Phrase Freak: Specific Timetable

  1. bagel December 12, 2007 at 3:17 pm #

    Gadot Buslines. That’s genius.

  2. Mark A. Rayner December 13, 2007 at 9:05 am #

    Inspired by Parke Godwin and the title of his first book: Waiting for the Galactic Bus. m.


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