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.)