The Language of Oscar
Favorite Oscar-related use of language: A pre-Oscar fluff piece on Ellen Degeneres' hosting gig strung a series of her firsts together (first female comic asked by Johnny Carson to sit down, first sitcom star to come out) with this lovely bit of shading: "first openly gay woman to host the Oscars." Gotta love that insinuating "openly."
Least-favorite Oscar-related use of language: The announcer, referring to some female presenter, called her dress (paraphrasing from memory) "literally eye candy." No, her dress was not constructed from candy eyeballs.