The Compulsive Copyeditor

July 7, 2009

Usage Find of the Day

Filed under: language degenerating — amba12 @ 4:47 am

So we’re riding to the swimming pool and a news reader on NPR, talking about tomorrow’s L.A. Michael Jackson memorial, says:

“Police are trying to minimize the crowd from milling . . .”

Takes me back to the day I collected (I’ve been reading too many entomologists) my all-time favorite in this same genre, from CNN’s coverage of some sort of riot or demonstration.  A young woman announcer said with a straight, nay solemn, face:

“Police reduced the disorder to a semblance.”


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