Thursday, May 22, 2008

Stupid English

Why do we say "sub-par" when we mean something is bad? Isn't getting a golf score below par good??

3 comments:

Eric said...

par is the standard or the average, in whatever context its used. it's most common in golf and finance. in golf, the objective is to end below average, so sub-par is good. but in finance (and most other contexts), being below average is bad.

Edge said...

Par = average

sub = below

sub-par = below average

Has nothing to do with golf.

~Jef

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you were thinking about this.... just today I passed by a place called "Sub-Par Used Cars" and thought hmmm.... is that good or bad?

-Seth