Originally Posted by ScouseJohnny
Also, the loss of the indefinite article is another one that upsets my pedantic sensibilities, I much prefer "I hit a 3 wood on the the 1st tee," as opposed to the contemporary, "I hit 3 wood..."
A 3 wood, to my mind, is not an abstract noun...
Why does that bother you? How many 3-woods do you carry? I hit "a" three wood implies, to me, that either the speaker is unsure which type of 3 wood he owns, or how many he owns. "A fairway wood" makes sense, or "a wedge" but if you clarify it with the "3" or "lob" then why the need for the "a" at that point?
What's more annoying is when people do the opposite where it doesn't apply. This is an all-too-common, somewhat annoying tactic of the sports pundits:
"When you have A LeBron James or A Kevin Durant on your team, you are always going to be in the hunt."
To me, simple is always better, and less words are usually simpler.
"When you have Lebron James or Kevin Durant on your team, you are always in the hunt" is a better alternative.
"Use" is always better than "utilize."
"I am getting it done" is better than "I am working on finishing it up."