UST Student Council Criticized for Flowery Tweets About Basketball Semi-Finals Win

The University of Santo Tomas Central Student Council is currently under fire for its highfalutin and flowery language in tweets announcing their basketball team’s semi-finals win against the University of the Philippines last Wednesday, November 13.

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Source: Arch’t. John Carlo Sayco via Facebook.com, University of Santo Tomas

“Even tides stirred differently by a hair at 1st half, the UST Growling Tigers belabored doubts and vanquish whilom finals candidate, UP Fighting Maroons, as they invoked a 68-65-coup to flip the script to a future finale matchup,” the council posted on its official Twitter account.

A second tweet read: “Shifted tones at halfway inning by a back-and-forth offensive setting, the UST Growling Tigers cracked the elusive upper podium capper as they raze UP Fighting Maroons’ advantage. Navigated intense defense traffic at last ticks by a 66-65 victory.”

Netizens couldn’t help but poke fun at the archaic and incomprehensible words used in both tweets, some of which were actually used wrongly in the context of the sentence—such as “finale” (most likely confused with the word “finals”), “inning” (which is a baseball term and not used for basketball), and “belabored” (which, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, meant “to verbally attack” or “excessively explain.”)

“Thee has’t did march forwards into the final battleth. We wisheth thee valorous luck!” one Twitter user said in reply to the tweets.

“Hark! Though immense sorrow overflows my cardiovascular organ, we of the University of the Philippines would like to extend our heartfelt approbation for your faction’s triumphant effectuation. May your athletes realize victory yet again at the culminating match of the tourney,” another tweeted.

Meanwhile, others criticized the council for not using simple layman’s terms instead.

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In light of the criticisms, the UST CSC President Robert Dominic Gonzales issued a statement on Twitter apologizing for the posts and taking full responsibility for them.

“It is true that campus journalism and/or news-writing is not an easy task and is not just an act of using simple or complex combinations of words to convey the message to the readers but rather, the essence of making the masses understand the content of the message. All suggestions and constructive criticisms will surely be taken as a learning experience for the council,” he said.

As of writing, the posts in question have yet to be taken down.

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