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English usage in time of crisis


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Forget about re-stocking the bomb shelter. Carpundit says the thing that really gets his knickers twisted when it comes to the Four Chinese Terrorists is the misuse of the English language by local officials. He says they keep talking about the importance of co-oberating the allegation, when they should be saying "corroborate," with three R's:

Even the Attorney General botched it last night. Is it a Massachusetts thing?

Then again, the mayor said last night we're looking for four Chinese nationalists, which makes it sound like we've gotten in the middle of the Chinese civil war.

Meanwhile, Michael, who teaches English to foreign students at BU, muses:

The one on the lower left looks like a kid who was in our class last summer...

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