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    Draw masochistic task

    "He drew the masochistic duty of defending LeBron James, the world's most punishing small forward, and Dwyane Wade, currently the world's best shooting guard." (Source: Iguodala has been noble warrior for Sixers | Philadelphia Daily News | 04/27/2011.)

    To me, "drew" implies that the task was given to him, not that he asked for it. But a masochist is someone who seeks punishment, asks for it. So "draw a masochistic task" would be a contradictory construction.

    What do you think?

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    Re: Draw masochistic task

    Good point. I think you should not look for a lot of logic or good grammar in sports writing. The writer probably wanted to impress people that he knew a big word like "masochistic."

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    Re: Draw masochistic task

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    "He drew the masochistic duty of defending LeBron James, the world's most punishing small forward, and Dwyane Wade, currently the world's best shooting guard." (Source: Iguodala has been noble warrior for Sixers | Philadelphia Daily News | 04/27/2011.)

    To me, "drew" implies that the task was given to him, not that he asked for it. But a masochist is someone who seeks punishment, asks for it. So "draw a masochistic task" would be a contradictory construction.

    What do you think?

    Thanks!
    No. There's no contradiction.

    Something can be described as a "masochistic task" if it's a task that would appeal to a masochist. He happened to draw such a task.

    You should not be thinking about it literally. Tasks or duties cannot be masochists -- only people can. This adjective is often used to hyperbolically describe unpleasant tasks.

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