Tuesday, January 01, 2002

Every year, Lake Superior State University releases a List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness. Among the many nominations, I like 9/11 the best.

"Last year, we had Y2K and 24-7. This year, we have 9-11. This new digital language (digitalk?) should be banned no later than 1-1-Y2K-2…Do we refer to the Chicago Fire as 10-8 because it occurred on October 8, 1871? How about the sinking of the Titanic - it is not called 4-14. A tragic event of such proportion should not be confused with a telephone number. The name will be remembered as long as there are people who can read."

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