Nouns as adjectives NPR style
Caught this on NPR the other day, a story by Julie McCarthy on how troops from India and Pakistan are facing off - and dying - on a remote glacier in the Himalayas.
And right at the end came that tin-ear construction of using a noun in place of an adjective. What made this one ring tinny was that she combined both forms:
You won't find it on the transcript - NPR has cleaned it up to "Pakistan-India" (though I'd argue Pakistani-Indian would be better). So much for accuracy in transcripts, eh?
But you can hear it right at the end of the audio:
As I've argued before, I wish we'd stop doing this noun-for-adjective thing because it produces these tin-ear constructions. I know I'm spitting into the wind, as the old Jim Croce song goes. Still, one can hope.