This is about some disagreement
Showing again how reasonable people can disagree when it comes to language shibboleths, I offer up recent work by two esteemed colleagues, Craig Lancaster and John McIntyre.
Here are two passages from one Associated Press story, each with the offending term highlighted.
The city of some 6 million people has been carved up along sectarian lines, a patchwork of neighborhoods surrounded by 10-foot-high concrete walls and dotted with checkpoints.
But street battles continued Wednesday in Sadr City, a sprawling district of some 2.5 million people.
Now, lean in closely for this next part. Are you listening?
STOP IT!“Some,” as an estimator, is a nasty affectation that has taken root where “about” used to reside happily.
Things not worth bothering about:I come down with McIntyre on this one. Life's too short. But, of course, I have my own -- we all do.
About/some. Some editors heartily dislike some in the sense of approximately. Not worth staying up nights fretting over.