Issue 113, page
Malcolm Tent gives a coal
I recently heard a radio
journalist, who was speaking about the current power problems in
California, say "Coal prices are forecasting at a record
high." Boy, did I find that interesting, because I had no
idea that coal prices were sentient beings who could forecast!
Well, all right, so maybe they aren't. What the journalist should
have said was, "Coal prices are being forecast at a record
high." Note that the coal prices are the subject of a
forecast. They aren't doing the forecasting. Note also
that prices are not being forecasted. The past tense of forecast
is forecast. You wouldn't say, "He casted the first
stone", now, would you?
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