The Compulsive Copyeditor

September 29, 2019

The Ize-ization of English, II

Filed under: language degenerating,Usage Find of the Day — amba12 @ 7:54 am

Both Giuliani and Trump have grown increasingly excited by a conspiracy theory that in 2016 Biden pressurized Ukraine to fire its then chief prosecutor, Shokin.

“Pressured,” or even “pressed,” would be correct. “Pressurized” suggests that Ukraine was flying at such a high altitude that its citizens needed protection from hypoxia and their blood boiling.

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