Tuesday, September 05, 2006

How hard is this?

The headline in the paper:
arrests 16

How hard is it to get through the idea that no matter what you think of the most n'ere do well in the world, a modicum of civilized respect is to not label the person as "terrorist" or "killer" or "murderer," etc. -- which "suspected," "accused," "alleged" and their ilk do -- when there are perfectly good alternatives. Try this:

arrests 16


At 9/5/06, 3:39 PM, Blogger Andy Bechtel said...

This example reminds me of stories about Blanche Taylor Moore, maker of peanut butter milkshakes that had a secret ingredient. During her trial, leads would come to the desk with this start:

Accused arsenic killer Blanche Taylor Moore...

At 9/5/06, 6:43 PM, Blogger Doug Fisher said...

It's so hard to kill arsenic, too.

At 9/5/06, 7:26 PM, Blogger Jess said...

Hi from Denmark! Lucky for me, I appear to have landed right at the beginning of an all-out newspaper war. Any interest in hearing more?

I hope you're having fun torturing a fresh batch!


At 9/5/06, 7:41 PM, Blogger Doug Fisher said...

Details! Details! Keep your head down.

And send cheese!

(I'd resent that reference to torture, but ...)


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