Saturday, August 4, 2007
In the July 20 Sports section, the following photo caption appeared: "Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, left, and Jesse L. Jackson hug it out after Bonds hit career home runs Nos. 752 and 753 at Wrigley Field in Chicago."
Most of your readers probably are not familiar with the phrase "hug it out," which means, according to http://www.urbandictionary.com, either "for two people (usually male) to hug one another to help one or both get over anger or sadness" or "while engaged in an argument with someone, and the argument becomes public ( i.e., in an elevator and the doors open in the lobby) one person asks 'Wanna hug it out?' and you stop the argument and continue it at a later time, when it is out of the public eye."
Either way, the caption is incorrect, as there was no reference in the story to Bonds and civil rights leader Jackson having any disagreement or any sadness. Indeed, they were celebrating Bonds's two-home-run game that day.
Either the caption writer didn't know what the phrase meant, or it was used in a snarky way. But the point was lost.
We need less sarcasm in The Post and better copy editing.
-- Steve Miller