What in the World's?

  morddwyd 08:51 AM 12 Nov 11

I notice the BBC is increasingly using the term "Worlds" when referring to World Championships (in various sports).

Quick example here, half way down under Sport


If they must use this Americanism, shouldn't there be an apostrophe in there somewhere?

  Aitchbee 09:06 AM 12 Nov 11

I guess, the Olympic Games are known as 'The Olympics', so the World Athletic Championships have, similarly, been shortened to 'The Worlds'.

  morddwyd 10:51 AM 12 Nov 11

"It's a name "

No it's not, it's an abbreviation for "The World's Championship", unless it's intergalactic, of course, in which case it would be "The Worlds'....."!

  Aitchbee 10:58 AM 12 Nov 11

H.G. Wells pre-empted this discussion when he wrote... 'The War Of The Words'.

Deliberate Typo BTW!

  Forum Editor 16:57 PM 12 Nov 11

"it's an abbreviation for "The World's Championship"

Not really. It's a name given to an athletics championship, in the same way as 'The European championships' or 'The Carling cup' or 'The Hong Kong sevens'.

  Strawballs 18:16 PM 12 Nov 11

It should be just the world championship!!


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