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Thread #132499   Message #3001001
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
06-Oct-10 - 10:44 AM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Something else about 'decade.' It's fuzzy and pretentious.

Why are journalists so in love with the word? They are supposed to get the facts.

So why do they write "Almost three decades have passed since Joe Blow was tried for the murder of Jim Dokes?" Why not say "Joe Blow was tried 28 years ago?" Even better, "in 1982."

That way, we know the reporter has checked the facts.