Tony Kornheiser

Essay by Widow Maker1College, UndergraduateA+, November 1996

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Tony Kornheiser is the self-admitted opinionated, sarcastic sports and style columnist for The Washington Post. Kornheiser's purpose is not to report to the reader an objective account of a sporting event, but rather to add humor to topics that range in topic from the Washington Redskins ('It's Now an Off-Road Vehicle,' November 5, 1996) to his lunch-time experience the other day ('In a Real Fix,' November 3, 1996). Kornheiser's diction, figurative language, and tone make his columns what they are. Often, diction, figurative language, and tone are not common in the journalistic world, but Kornheiser's humor finds room for them.

Tony Kornheiser's sarcasm is almost entirely related to his diction. He contains the skills to take something as insignificant as a restaurant changing on him unexpectedly and reports about it so that the common man can relate. He is The Washington Post's Jerry Seinfeld. He blends the slang of the street man with the poetic verbs and fluid adjectives of an English teacher.

For example, in 'In A Real Fixe,' Kornheiser says, 'George was beginning to suspect that we had entered (doo-doo, doo-doo). . . The Nouvelle Dining Zone.' Most people who have watched the Twilight Zone before can relate this statement as a reference to the famous TV show, so Kornheiser's slang was effective in grabbing the reader, even if a large majority of them have no idea what the word 'nouvelle' means. Kornheiser uses an array of such adjectives throughout his pieces but he does not pretend to be above his readers. He fills his work with colloquial speech such as his references in 'It's Now an Off-Road Vehicle' to other Washington Post columnists such as Michael Wilbon, and to his 'Redskins Bandwagon.' (The Redskins Bandwagon was a common phrase used by Washington Redskins...