Posts Tagged ‘2012 election’

“This may be the single most important night of the campaign.”

In comparatives, thoughtless patterns on October 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I fell off the “daily” wagon pretty quickly, but this repeat of a nearly constant abuse (which has almost certainly been uttered tonight by others in addition to Brian Williams on “NBC Nightly News”) stirred me to action. As it stands so often, that gratuitous single may try to, but of course cannot, intensify the superlative most important. I could be charitable and say it’s just redundant, but I would so like to see the single doing the job the speakers want it to do: ‘the most important single night.’

Come to think of it, I doubt even the pundits uttering this easy mess think that the presidential debate is going to be more important than the night they will spend enticing us to stay up all night counting ballots.


… former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney …

In Internet language, on line, political titles, search-engine optimization, thoughtless patterns on October 8, 2012 at 5:01 am

I figure the first post here ought to be about something published under my own byline, if not my control. When I submitted this article, it referred to “former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney.” The site where I published it unfortunately does not allow for much give-and-take between writers and editors, and the editors favor SEO above all else. I suppose that would be the justification for changing my accurate and respectfully capitalized identification to mean ‘someone who governs or governed a place formerly known as Massachusetts.’ Given the setting, I didn’t think it was worth fighting about.

Now I have to find someplace to whine about SEO.

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