Sunday, March 31, 2013
A surprising response!
Here is a note I sent to 30 regular contacts on Wednesday 6 March…
… describing a minor thing that bugs me:
"One of the" whatever...
"... this phrase always bothers me. It seems like such a throw away. Does the
writer not have the time to do a little research? which one? Best, worst, biggest,
"I finally got around to doing a quick count on some majors: On Tuesday 5
March the NYTimes used it 39 times, the Chicago Trib 21 times,
Going thru my copy-in list I off hand checked a top Chicago Tribune writer.
Wow! I got the following reply from that writer:
"I’m not quite sure what your point is, Mr. Nelson. It’s a perfectly reasonable
phrase, though anything when overused is annoying, I know. Thanks for taking
the time to read so thoroughly."