You, the Information Sharers; the Investigators; our source of current event knowledge. We rely on you for the FACTS, in print, in audio, in video. Once, it seemed all the best reporters honed their literary skills, their vocabulary acumen. The best still do…but what happened to the rest? I know ratings plays a big part in any of you continuing to remain employed, but really?
Full Definition of carnage
: the flesh of slain animals or men
: great and usually bloody slaughter or injury (as in battle)
“Carnage” describes 9/11; the Kansas City bombing; battlefields the world over.
In the case of the train crash in Hobroken, it is over-kill. Tragic as the death of one woman is, and the injuries of 11 others, it was not “carnage”. Devastating, disruptive, no doubt terrifying…. but not ‘carnage’.
Headlines are meant to grab attention, but shouldn’t the headlines be accurate? I have noticed this trend to the sensational, as if the Wordsmiths of today are struggling to say the same thing in different ways, to make it stand out.
Bad news stands out without the hype. Keep your words accurate. The language is changing enough as it is. “Fag” once meant a cigarette. “Gay” once meant merry and light-hearted. Don’t dumb-down the darker words, or when we truly need them to describe something horrific, we won’t have them. It is hard enough to convey with words the stark bleakness of some things. Don’t over-use those words.