Petshark: Talking Stick
Entries with the tag: destiny
This phrase “control their destiny” has been flying around a lot lately, not only about the Sharks. People like to add “own,” as in “their own destiny.” I suppose whose destiny it is can’t be emphasized enough.
As the last ditch scramble for the playoffs rises to a fever pitch, a few NHL teams are still in make or break mode. As a fan, I am nearly catatonic, it is so stressful. Before I crawl back under my desk to chew on my sleeve, I wanted to say something about the word “destiny” and this idea of controlling your own or anyone else’s. Several writers have started questioning the use of the word:
Stephen Whyno @SWhyno: “Grammar qualm: #Caps control their own fate to make playoffs. Not destiny. You can’t control destiny. Thank you.”
Finding a substitute is no small task. The problem is not only grammatical, it is philosophical. Don’t get your hopes up, I will not solve the second problem here but I might throw some light on the grammar part.