Often times, you see headlines on the covers of magazines like “18 Favorite Beaches”, or “Top Ten Scenic Drives”, et cetera. And people (myself included) often say, “That’s one of my favorite songs“, or cars, or whatever they are talking about at the time.
But by definition, favorite means, “Preferred before all others of the same kind”.
Well then, how can there be 18 favorite beaches or one of my favorite songs?
Of course, there are ways to get around it. You might say, “That is my current favorite”.
I remember there was a local DJ, named Ichabod Crane, on FM 94.1 (KMPS), a few years ago when the station was a country station, who always used to say, “This is the greatest song in the world today”. Then he’d play the song. Then the next day, he would say the same thing about another song. That was his way around it.
I’m not a grammar freak or a perfectionist, by any means. I just notice little details like that once in a while.
When I see those kind of headlines, or see the word favorite, it reminds me of
one of my favorite stories (OOPS!) my favorite story (there, that’s better!) about my father.
It’s been many years, now, since my parents passed away. When my father died, I was attending his funeral and the preacher of my Dad’s church was there too, standing at the podium, saying a few good words about my dad.