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Monday, November 20, 2006

Prescient, maybe. But not surprising.


prescient \PREH-shuhnt; -shee-uhnt; PREE-shuhnt; -shee-uhnt\, adjective: Knowing or anticipating the outcome of events before they happen.

So, I guess Pete Thamel's use of "prescient" in this New York Times article about the death of former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler is technically correct. Here's the passage:

"A punk band based in Columbus known as the Dead Schembechlers — its name prescient and unintentionally macabre — said it would disband in honor of the coach after playing at a Hate Michigan Rally on Friday."

Technically correct. But still, how much of a stretch is it to foreshadow the death of a 77-year old man? Or anyone for that matter?

Also, since the band's members ostensibly didn't choose its name by accident, I would say the "Dead Schembechlers" is intentionally macabre. But this is a quibble.


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