Thursday, October 06, 2005

That enormity thing

This lede from a Chicago Tribune/Knight Ridder wire story this morning:
The cause of split-second explosions that release 100 thousand trillion times more energy than the sun, and are second in enormity only to the Big Bang itself, has been pinned down by an international team of hundreds of scientists.
Nice lede -- except for that enormity thing. Unless the writer meant great evil, let's try enormousness or, somtimes better, magnitude.

What's interesting here is that the original story on the Chicago Tribune site uses the word correctly, so it looks as if some editor got in the way while it was being moved to the K-R wire.

(And, if you're following AP and the dictionary, which the Trib might not be, it's big bang, not capped.)


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