Yesterday’s L.A. Times story on Tuesday’s election had this passage:
Speaking in soft, even tones — possibly to spare her strained vocal cords — Clinton acknowledged Tuesday night that the results were far from decisive. “I want to congratulate Sen. Obama for his victory tonight, and I look forward to continuing our campaign and our debates about how to leave this country better off for the next generation,” Clinton told an ebullient crowd packed into a ballroom in Midtown Manhattan.
Wow. She congratulated Obama on his “victory”? That sounds like a concession that Obama won the day.
Except that I happened to hear her quote on the radio yesterday. She said: “I want to congratulate Sen. Obama for his victories tonight.” In other words: he had victories, and so did I.
Just one word was wrong — but the meaning is very, very different.