News morons

The reporters on TV and radio really get on my nerves because they continually misuse and abuse the English language. The phrase they've been brutalizing most often of late is "increasing exponentially", when referring to corona cases and deaths. They think it's just an eloquent way of saying the numbers are getting larger. Which they are. But "exponential" is a precise term with a specific mathematical meaning: it's not a comparative or even a general magnifier. If the numbers were actually "increasing exponentially", every person on the face of the earth would have been killed already. twice. Next time, I'll talk about the way they misuse the word. "narrative". God help me, but I want to strangle them all.

Apr 6, 2020

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  • Thank you for saying this, although your choice for an outlet might be a bit off. This cesspit has quite a few proud illiterates among its ranks, and couldn't (not 'could'-- arrgh!) care less about a talking head's verbiage, as long as it's hot. Think 'third graders with head injuries' and you're getting closer to the average IQ around here.

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  • This is hilarious and so proper! Thank you for all your efforts at educating, including the cute ones!

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    " RIGHT NOW!
    We are not b***** Americans !!!
    No need to dramatize everything.

    Have these presenters not heard English terms such as
    1/ Now
    2/ Presently
    3/ At this moment un time
    4/ Currently

    I could list more phrases.
    If the situation IS genuinely urgent as must/ is occurring " right now"
    Then use the words immediate immediately but only when justified !
    Please speak ENGLISH not American.

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    Your boy is a self-interested scumbag whose OWN words and actions are a cause for embarrassment-- except among those too damn dumb to comprehend the situation! Take a bow.

  • It's so dispiriting to think there are *still* people that dumb who haven't yet walked off a cliff or onto the third rail. Come on Darwin, do your job!!

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