Here’s a question for the linguists out there. Look at this dictionary entry. In particular, look at the informal usage. This particular usage of untracked has always sounded incorrect to me. I’ve heard sports commentators use it, and I’ve seen it in print, but I always thought that they were just misusing the phrase “on track”. Did the team “struggle in the first half, but finally got on track“, or did they “struggle in the first half, but finally got untracked“? Which is correct? Are they both correct? Have the the dictionary people just thrown up there hands and said “Fine, use the language however you want”?
Untracked?17 09 2006