As the first anniversary of the September 11th attacks nears, permit me to get something off my chest…
Are Americans really this lazy or this betrothed to a catch phrase culture? I’m talking, of course, about the propensity of many Americans—even supposedly respectable media outlets and <*snort*> politicians—to refer to last year’s tragedy as “9/11” (pronounced “nine-eleven”) or, more distrubingly, “9-1-1”. (TLC, for example, is flooding their programming with ads for “9/11”-this and “9/11”-that.) Is is so hard to just say “September 11th” or “the September 11th attacks”? It’s not like anyone won’t know what you’re referring to. Or do you simply need the comfort of a phrase-friendly “nine-eleven”? Sadly, my guess is the latter. (And, oh, by the way, “9-1-1” already has a meaning, in case you’ve forgotten—and it appears many of you have, you morons.)
Tell you what: As soon as you start referring to the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor as “12/7” or <*snicker*> “1-2-7”, you’ll have a leg to stand on. And since hell will freeze over before that happens, I think I’ve made my point.
I’ve actually got a whole lot more to say, but for now, I’ll just bite me tongue (let’s just say the nationalists among you probably won’t like what I have to say).