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Tony Kornheiser is the self-admitted opinionated sarcastic sports and stylecolumnist for The Washington Post Kornheisers purpose is not to reportto the reader an objective account of a sporting event but rather to addhumor to topics that range in topic from the Washington Redskins ItsNow an Off-Road Vehicle November 5 1996 to his lunch-time experiencethe other day In a Real Fix November 3 1996 Kornheisers dictionfigurative language and tone make his columns what they are Often dictionfigurative language and tone are not common in the journalistic world butKornheisers humor finds room for them Tony Kornheisers sarcasm is almost entirely relatedto his diction He contains the skills to take something as insignificantas a restaurant changing on him unexpectedly and reports about it so thatthe common man can relate He is The Washington Posts Jerry SeinfeldHe blends the slang of the street man with the poetic verbs and fluid adjectivesof an English teacher For example in In A Real Fixe Kornheiser saysGeorge was beginning to suspect that we had entered doo-doo doo-doo The Nouvelle Dining Zone Most people who have watched the TwilightZone before can relate this statement as a reference to the famous TV showso Kornheisers slang was effective in grabbing the reader even ifa large majority of them have no idea what the word nouvelle means Kornheiseruses an array of such adjectives throughout his pieces but he does not pretendto be above his readers He fills his work with colloquial speech such ashis references in Its Now an Off-Road Vehicle to other WashingtonPost columnists such as Michael Wilbon and to his Redskins BandwagonThe Redskins Bandwagon was a common phrase used by Washington Redskins fanswhen the team won the Superbowl in 1991 Kornheiser assumes that the readeris familiar with him and that is clear in his informal diction that is usedwith the reader It is almost to the point of a friendship as though a coworkerwas letting off his steam at work during a lunch break
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