Saturday, June 29, 2013

Damage vs. Damages - let's get it right (especially TV anchors)

Dear WLTX, WIS and numerous other TV stations I've heard this on during my travels:

Damages is what you win in court. It is NOT what is done in a fire, flood, etc. (The company won $63,000 in damages in its lawsuit.)

Damage is what happens in those cases. (The fire caused an estimated $63,000 in damage.)

So unlike the WLTX anchor who just -- again -- said a fire caused so-and-so amount in "damages," let's try to get it right and not sound illiterate, OK?

(Don't believe me? Here's another source. You can find many out there of various repute.)

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