Three Monkeys, Three Typewriters, Two Days

January 18, 2008

Meaningless catchphrases

Somewhere along the line, someone apparently decided that the word "exponential" is a synonym for "big." Things like this annoy the heck out of me:

Making it work would require far more government intrusion into daily lives, with exponential increases in workplace raids and deportations.

That's not an "exponential" increase. That's a "great" increase. Or a "humongous" increase. Or a "major" increase.

Ah, well. Some days I wish for news outlets where the news is not pitched at middle-schoolers. I'm sure I'll find some one day.

Posted by bzbarsky at January 18, 2008 10:27 AM