Log In | Subscribe | | |

Don't say "debut...again," say "repeat"

Don't say that: 

Debut ... again

Do say this: 

Repeat or a similar expression

Why?: 

Debut (pronounced day-biew, not day-boo) means to do something for the first time.

Debut is not a verb, therefore it is not correct to say that someone "debuted" something.

It is correct to say that someone made their debut.

Therefore the expression "Sarah Huckebee debuting her table cloth again today" posted to a social media website by a TV producer (who one might reasonably expect to have a better command of English) demonstrates a double failure of correct use.

A correct (if morally dubious) way of phrasing this sartorial equivalent of body-shaming would be "Sarah Huckabee again wears her tablecloth."

Tags: