To air is human?

August 4, 2011

Polanski, Madonna films to air at Venice festival

ROME (Reuters) – Madonna’s film about King Edward VIII’s relationship with an American divorcee and Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” are set to be among highlights at the 2011 Venice film festival.

“To air” means to be broadcast over the airwaves, on television or radio.

These films will screen, play, premiere, and/or be shown at the festival. It’s an easy mistake to make if you don’t know the euphemism, but I wouldn’t want it to catch on.


In this day of multiple delivery technologies it may be a bit late to restrict the word only to television airwaves. does offer the definition “to be broadcast or televised.”

Having said that, it is probably a bit of a stretch to use it in connection with movies being shown: GBU Editor

Singer Madonna gestures during the taping of “Oprah’s Surprise Spectacular” in Chicago May 17, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress

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