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April 9, 2003


Just when I think that

Just when I think that I'm insufferably nit-picky, and have no hope of being understood in this grammatically insensitive world, along comes William Safire to cheer me up and be equally, if not more, fussy about word usage. When did it become OK to say "100 troops" and mean not 100 groups of soldiers (or Boy Scouts, or modernist dancers) but mean 100 individual soldiers? Thank you William: I have always been bothered by this, and I feel empowered and validated.

posted by amy at 12:22 PM | #


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