Nico (vilakins) wrote,

Pedantry, or when accuracy counts

We've been watching the Christchurch earthquake coverage, and so far there have been no deaths, but two people are seriously injured. Despite this, a reporter standing outside a restaurant with its front sheared off (and the surrounding buildings looking undamaged from the outside) just said, "Carnage is not an overstatement." Um, yes. It is. Do you even know what that word means? I hope someone tells him. He obviously never learned Latin.

Greg however, noting the proportion of buildings damaged, said it seemed to be literally (and that's literally literally) decimation. [Edit] He's overstating too. It's more like 1 in 20.

So if you're hearing words like that in reports, don't believe them. There's a state of emergency just declared because there's no power and water in some areas, but though there's a lot of damage and people are in shock, things are a lot better than they might have been had it happened during the day.

Tags: earthquake, nz
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