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Destiny and destination

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.

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