This is how you show respect?

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).